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Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew.

“It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled.

But as it turned out, he needn’t have worried.

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New film on Armenian genocide took two years to make, longer to realize

New film on Armenian genocide took two years to make, longer to realize

| Mark Pattison | April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Promise,” a film dramatizing the genocide of Armenians in the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire at the outset of World War I, was two years in the making, but probably a half-century in the idea stage, according to George Winter, one of the movie’s producers.

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St. Catherine Choral Society to bring Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ to St. Olaf

St. Catherine Choral Society to bring Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ to St. Olaf

| Melenie Soucheray | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rehearsal hall in the basement of the music building at St. Catherine University in St. Paul isn’t a mid-18th century cathedral in Leipzig, Germany. But it is where “St. John Passion,” a jewel in Johann Sebastian Bach’s baroque musical crown, is coming to life.

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Author: For Christians, it’s the  end of a world as we know it

Author: For Christians, it’s the end of a world as we know it

| Julie Asher | April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author Rod Dreher’s critics call him an “alarmist” for proposing that Christians today “put some distance” between themselves and “the chaotic mainstream,” or Christianity will not survive.

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Steve Houge retires from archdiocese after 44 years

Steve Houge retires from archdiocese after 44 years

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Steve Houge had a good gig as a twenty-something working in the print shop at St. Thomas College in St. Paul in the early 1970s. Despite having a Catholic employer, he had never heard of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Online advertisers market more directly to kids than TV ever could

Online advertisers market more directly to kids than TV ever could

| Mark Pattison | March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The federal government, having observed shameless efforts by mass-media marketers to use children to separate parents from their money, has had to step in repeatedly over the past 40-plus years with laws and regulations to stop this kind of exploitation. That was the subject of the previous “TV Eye” column.

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As evangelization tool, Alpha lays foundation for discipleship

As evangelization tool, Alpha lays foundation for discipleship

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Deacon Mitchell described Alpha as a course “to explore life’s biggest questions through the lens of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal atmosphere through 10 interactive questions. No pressure, no follow-up, no charge.”

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St. Paul artist draws Stations of the Cross with modern spin

St. Paul artist draws Stations of the Cross with modern spin

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Much of Peter Kramer’s art, while smart, has a playful veneer. Among his drawing compilations is a book dedicated to the “care and feeding of single-celled animals” that treats amoebas and bacteria as pets; another is called “Diet for a Round Palate: A Cookbook of Round Food Recipes,” an ode of sorts to globular foods including eggs, pumpkins and blueberries. A Minneapolis-based architect, Kramer, 79, also has a line of foldable furniture, cheekily called “OUCH!,” should it actually fold while in use.

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Author explores meaning of Irish heritage in new book

Author explores meaning of Irish heritage in new book

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are the “Irish” who emerge once a year to embrace St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and then there are the Irish who can trace their lineage to the Emerald Isle. James Rogers is one of the latter. Regrettably, though, he’s one generation shy of claiming Irish citizenship.

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Remembering Masqueray

Remembering Masqueray

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

University of St. Thomas shines spotlight on Cathedral, Basilica architect 100 years after his death

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Iraqi Christian leader visiting Mosul sees little future for Christians

Iraqi Christian leader visiting Mosul sees little future for Christians

| Paul Jeffrey | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

As some residents of the city of Mosul celebrate their new freedom from the Islamic State group, an Iraqi Christian leader who visited the war-torn city said Christian residents are unlikely to return.

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‘Call Me Francis’ examines the pre-papal life of Jorge Bergoglio

‘Call Me Francis’ examines the pre-papal life of Jorge Bergoglio

| Chris Byrd | January 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What am I doing in Rome? People retire at my age,” a pensive, melancholy Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Sergio Hernandez) says early on in “Call Me Francis.” Netflix’s miniseries renders a textured, honest, yet sympathetic portrait of our current pontiff before he was pope.

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