LEGO minifigure Vitruvius (voiced by Morgan Freeman) in the 3D computer animated adventure "The LEGO Movie," from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Lego System A/S. Photo courtesy of © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

REVIEW: The Lego Movie’s got religion

(RNS) “The Lego Movie,” well-reviewed and making money by the brickyard, builds its story upon religious and moral themes. They don’t all snap together securely, but that’s in keeping with the rest of the film.

Cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair in Italy.

ANALYSIS: Pope Francis, the improbable pop culture icon

(RNS) Cultural icons surge and retreat like tsunamis. But even in this viral era, lightning international popularity with a moral message is something unusual. Since the dawn of broadcast media, who else has managed this trick as well as Francis when starting with so little in the way of fame?