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S+L BLOG: Kris Dmytrenko



Has their moment finally come? After this weekend, many Christians in the Middle East must feel their hope renewed. Pope Benedict arrived in Lebanon on Friday, at a time when other foreign leaders might have cancelled their travel plans to the volatile region. Though civil wars and protests still dominate the headlines, the pontiff’s three-day ...read more
If you’ve outlawed religion and politics when dining with the in-laws, then you should avoid bringing up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at your Labour Day BBQ. This volatile mixture of policy and prophecy will singe everyone on the patio, and becomes even more combustible with a little alcohol. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ...read more
When you first heard about the food crisis in the Sahel — if you’re not learning about it now, for the first time — you probably felt a sense of déjà vu. Wasn’t it just last year that a major famine struck Africa? Yes, but that was the Horn of Africa, consisting of Somalia, Ethiopia, ...read more
In anticipation of our special screenings in Toronto on Sept. 5 and Ottawa on Sept. 19, here is the brand new second trailer for the S+L documentary Across the Divide. Check out the Across the Divide website to learn more about the tour, which is co-sponsored by CNEWA Canada and the Archdioceses of Toronto and ...read more
This post was written in 2010, just after Ontario hosted the G20 summit. Kris Dmytrenko reflects on how that event and the WYD2002 Way of the Cross changed the city. It takes a powerful force to interrupt the flow of a city like Toronto. If streets are closed for a parade, drivers find other routes ...read more
Last month, S+L held two sold-out screenings of Across the Divide, our new documentary that’s got people talking. The most recent screening (sponsored by CNEWA Canada, the Canada-Atlantic Lieutenancy of the EOHSJ and the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth) was held at Halifax’s Empire Cinemas — alongside the summer blockbusters one would expect at such a venue. ...read more
Ahead of its broadcast debut this Sunday, S+L’s latest documentary premiered on June 3 before a packed theatre in Vancouver’s SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. The 350 guests were the first to see Across the Divide, an hour-long encounter with Christian students at Bethlehem University. Their stories are both inspiring and unsettling, as the ...read more
As I looked out of my airplane window, the landmark was unmistakable. Saskatoon’s Holy Family Cathedral rises up like a white sail, crowned by a cross. It was the first time I laid eyes on it, apart from photos and a web cam that showed live images throughout its construction. It’s equally formidable from the ...read more
Trailer Short from Anteroom Pictures on Vimeo. Pornography is a societal problem, but first and foremost, it is a personal one that affects both those who buy it and those who produce it. Shelley Lubben is among the latter group. A former porn star and prostitute, Lubben’s traumatic experiences in the sex industry led to ...read more
For good reason, many Catholics make an annual Lenten retreat. In the midst of our hectic schedules, those forty days can quickly pass before we have made any significant changes in our lives. We need to slow down and replicate Jesus’ journey into in the desert. There’s not a lot to do in a desert, ...read more