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People missed the crowds but say virtual congress offerings still valuable

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Like the national March for Life, bigness as well as personal interactions...

Blithe Spirit

NEW YORK (CNS) — Even the most venerable source material may benefit from being dusted...

Emotional, psychological toll of pandemic just now beginning to be felt

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The psychological and emotional trauma of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is only...

UPDATE: Cardinal’s Lenten meditation: Conversion is call to renew, rekindle faith

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Conversion means believing that God became flesh to make all things...

A Dose of Glory: Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” Goes Diamond

In the late summer of 1998, Lauryn Hill released what is widely considered the greatest hip hop album of all time, and one of the greatest albums of any genre, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It is a unique blend of R&B, gospel, soul, reggae, and rap recorded mostly at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica. Miseducation is an impeccably produced work of a huge band of musicians, and its lyrics are unparalleled testimonies to heartbreak and renewal, to freedom from the chains of the world, and reliance on the living God who reigns above. With the exception of three or four Bob Dylan records, there is no album ever made that weaves Scripture through the loom of modern life like this one does. There is simply no performer like Lauryn Hill and no record like her Miseducation. On February 16, 2021, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was…

The Mauritanian

NEW YORK (CNS) — The fact-based film “The Mauritanian” (STX) doesn’t adhere to the conventions...

Pandemic, security pose challenges, but pope, Iraqis, hopeful for visit

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and security concerns, Pope...

Biden reverses policy barring green-card applicants from entering U.S.

President Joe Biden announced Feb. 24 a reversal of a 2020 proclamation by the Trump...

Catholic agencies welcome access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Catholic relief agencies in Ethiopia welcomed a move by the government...

Hints of the Transcendent in the Science Fiction of Ray Bradbury

While he is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury thought of himself primarily as a writer of short stories. Often wedged in between Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke as one of the “ABCs” of twentieth-century science fiction, Bradbury’s work is remarkably divergent in style and substance from that of those authors, indeed from most sci-fi of the last seventy years. Bradbury’s stories sometimes contain themes and plot elements that hint at the existence of a transcendent reality beyond the physical universe that we can observe and measure. Two notable examples, “The Man” and “The Fire Balloons,” can be found in Bradbury’s acclaimed short story collection The Illustrated Man. “The Man” follows the exploits of two space explorers, Captain Hart and Lieutenant Martin, who have arrived on an unnamed planet. Upset that the native inhabitants have not come to greet the astronauts, Hart…