Arts & Culture

‘Black Liturgies’ book offers prayers for Black-centered spiritual liberation

By Kathryn Post — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — Cole Arthur Riley on doubt, embodiment and writing a prayer book to a God she’s not convinced exists.
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How is this Holocaust movie different from other Holocaust movies?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 14, 2024
(RNS) — ‘The Zone of Interest,’ a nominee for best picture, makes the propensity for evil quite plain — and relevant.

A Jane Austen Lent: Archdeacon explores the novelist’s spiritual lessons

By Kathryn Post — February 14, 2024
(RNS) — Rachel Mann’s latest book, ‘A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 40 Days With Jane Austen,’ pairs excerpts from Austen’s novels with reflections on virtues and vices.

Our Lady of Guadalupe documentary to run in theaters across the US

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 14, 2024
(RNS) — The documentary features dramatized scenes of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparitions and interviews with those impacted by her, including Archbishop José Gomez. 

Hearts and ashes: 10 ways to celebrate Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day

By Roxanne Stone and Emily McFarlan Miller — February 13, 2024
(RNS) — It’s a marriage of holidays most sorrowful and saccharine.

‘God & Country’ shirks its opportunity to confront mainstream evangelicalism

By Tyler Huckabee — February 13, 2024
(RNS) — The documentary largely fails to explore its porous boundary with Christian nationalism.

Revisiting those old Mormon movies from 50 years ago — with live commentary!

By Jana Riess — February 9, 2024
(RNS) — From 'Saturday's Warrior' to 'Cipher in the Snow,' there's a treasure trove of more than 100 vintage LDS Church movies for your viewing pleasure.

Love songs in Hindu devotion – the Tamil poets who took on the female voice to express their intense longing for the divine

By Archana Venkatesan — February 9, 2024
(The Conversation) — In Hindu devotional poetry, love directed toward Vishnu can take many forms, including service, maternal adoration and the intense intimacy of lovers.

Andra Day prays through nervousness ahead of Super Bowl performance

By Jonathan Landrum Jr. — February 9, 2024
LAS VEGAS (AP) — She's set to perform “ Lift Every Voice and Sing ” ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs matchup against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium.

Chelsea Wolfe says witchcraft and sobriety informed her latest album

By Krysta Fauria — February 7, 2024
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Witchcraft’s influence has meant an increased attentiveness to letting each record “be what it wants to be,” the singer, songwriter and musician says.

Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, Blind Boys of Alabama add new Grammy wins

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 5, 2024
(RNS) — Gospel singer Kirk Franklin won his 20th Grammy award for his performance and songwriting on 'All Things' in the best gospel performance/song category.

Too pretty? Easter poster depicting a handsome, fresh-faced Jesus prompts criticism in Spain

By CiarÁn Giles — February 5, 2024
MADRID (AP) —In another interview published by El Mundo daily, Garcia responded to criticism from conservative groups that the depiction of Jesus was “effeminate” or “homoerotic.”

Street artist of ‘Super Pope’ fame gets new stamp of Vatican approval

By Nicole Winfield — February 1, 2024
ROME (AP) — Street artist Maupal, whose cartoon-like depictions of Pope Francis as a “Super Pope” have graced buildings around the Vatican for a decade, got an official stamp of approval on Thursday when he appeared at a Vatican news conference.
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