Welcome to S+L’s Weekly News Round-Up. As the Director of Marketing and Communications here at S+L, many interesting Catholic news stories and articles come across my desk on a daily basis. Some of them we’ll cover on our different television programs and others I’d like to share with you on this blog.
This blog column is where I’ll point out some of the more interesting news pieces that I’ve come across over the past week. Enjoy!
Anyone who watches TV or reads a newspaper will notice that the Catholic Church and Pope Francis seem to be in the news a lot these days. Have you ever wondered how well you actually know the Catholic Church? Well here are some interesting facts you may not actually know about the Church.
As you probably know, the Church is putting a special focus on Consecrated life this year. Hence: The Year of Consecrated Life. If you are thinking about a vocation (or maybe changing your current one) or know someone who may be discerning a religious vocation, you should have a look at this video. Who knows? God may be using them to speak specifically to you! Also, check out this one on “What it’s really liked to be married to Jesus.” Can’t ask for a better relationship than that!
Ok, so we we’ve all heard of ice hotels like the one in Quebec but an ice Church? Well, looks like they built a really cool one (excuse the pun) high up in the mountains of Romania and it is drawing all kinds of Christians together in prayer and worship. Read about it here. I guess this brings a new meaning to “breaking the ice” for Ecumenism.
So I must admit that I’m a sucker for epic biblical films. I have watched a ton of films made about Jesus in the past and I have to agree with this article from Religious News service that most of the time, Jesus’ character is usually portrayed as either too divine or too human. Apparently in this new film “Last Days in the Desert” actor Ewan McGregor pulls off a very convincing Jesus, one who is divine but subjected to the limitations and frailties of being human. I have high hopes on this one!
And speaking of Jesus in film check out this list and critique of actors who have played Jesus on the silver screen. Read it here on Relevant Magazine. I never realized that here have been so many however, my favourite is still Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ. Ewan McGregor has big shoes to fill.
If you are following this blog weekly, (as you should be…), you’ll remember that I posted a quiz for “How well do you know Mary” and many of you enjoyed it. Well this week I found another great quiz: How well do you know Francis? See how you do!
Well, that’s it for me this week folks. Please feel free to share. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on these stories. If you have any interesting stories yourself, please feel free to send them to me!
Till next week.