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Polish missionary finds Baroque music still evangelizes in Bolivia
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- How did a musically inclined Polish missionary with his heart set on evangelizing in Japan end up in Bolivia leading an indigenous choir that sings centuries-old Baroque tunes? The man in question -- Divine Word Father Piotr Nawrot -- is happy to talk about it. "Well, I wanted to work in Japan and China but because of some reason, Rome gave me the first destination to go to Latin America," he reminisced to Catholic News Service in an interview in early March. After his 1981 ordination, he first went to Paraguay, then to Bolivia, where he said…
African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) pledge to cooperate in digital migration
Senegal (Vatican Radio ) - African Broadcasters have been urged to collaborate more closely and to promote experience sharing in view of the digital migration currently taking place in Africa.  Senegal’ secretary of state for communications, Yakham Mbaye, reminded delegates attending the 8th Ordinary session of the General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) which took place recently in Dakar, Senegal. Of the 40 member countries, 23 organisations attended the Assembly. Vatican Radio is a partner-organisation to the AUB and was represented by Mgr. Joseph Ballong, formerly Head of the French Africa department at Vatican Radio. Other AUB…
Bishop hopes 'fictional memoir' has appeal for Catholics, non-Catholics
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "I'm no author," averred retired Bishop Francis A. Quinn of Sacramento, California. Well, he is now. Bishop Quinn, at age 93, has become a first-time author, telling his life story in what he termed a "fictional memoir," chronicling the lives of three priests from their days in a high school seminary in "Behind Closed Doors: Conflicts in Today's Church." Anyone interested in buying it online shouldn't look for "Bishop" in the author's name. Instead, he used Francis Anthony Quinn. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service from the assisted-living facility in Sacramento where he lives, Bishop…
Comic-book reissue of St. John XXIII's life improves on the original
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Forget the Avengers. The coolest Marvel-related character this year is Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, better known to the world as St. John XXIII. "The Story of Pope John XXIII" (MSJT Publishing) is a reissue of a profile written and drawn by Joe Sinnott, an artist known for inking some of the most memorable Marvel titles from the golden age of comics. In the early 1960s, Sinnott, a Catholic, was busy with a Marvel series called "The Fantastic Four" when he got a call from George A. Pflaum, the head of Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact, a…
Silent melodrama ready for enjoyment by a second century of viewers
NEW YORK (CNS) -- A century-old silent melodrama featuring a colorful First Nation of the Pacific Northwest was a box-office flop on its original release. Now "In the Land of the Head Hunters" is finally reaching a national audience as a DVD and Blu-ray release from Milestone Films. Already a renowned ethnographic photographer, the director, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), had a deluded notion that he was preserving the record of a vanishing race in Vancouver, British Columbia, before it was subsumed into white Christian culture. The movie's cast, all members of the Kwakwaka'wakw, may have had another idea. Namely, that…




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