• Time for Serbians to put cards on the table about sainthood candidate

    Time for Serbians to put cards on the table about sainthood candidate

    • Jul 21, 2016

    A joint working group between the Vatican and the Serbian Orthodox Church recently had its first meeting to examine the role of Croatian Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac before, during and after World War II, and it’s time for the Serbian side to put their cards on the table in terms of why they believe this process is necessary.

  • How even Stalin once benefited from religious freedom

    How even Stalin once benefited from religious freedom

    • May 14, 2016

    [Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the web site of the Unione Cristiani Cattolici Razionali, the “Union of Rational Christian Catholics,” in Italy, and appears here in a Crux translation.] From 1917 to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was governed by a regime that sought to combat

  • Croatians eager to see Cardinal Stepinac declared a saint

    Croatians eager to see Cardinal Stepinac declared a saint

    • May 11, 2016

    Anyone who has even the slightest insight into how a canonization process works at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints knows the path is rarely uncomplicated. Even by that standard, however, there’s a cause from Croatia that has had more than its fair share of ups and downs:

  • The priest, the student, and the swastika

    The priest, the student, and the swastika

    • Nov 6, 2015

    “The Ninth Day” is newly available on North American DVD via Ignatius Press. It comes with a 16-page full-color booklet with my 2004 review of the film and my interview with the director, Volker Schlöndorff. “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” is available on Blu-ray/DVD. In the cultural upheaval following the

  • ‘The Train’: When is art worth dying for?

    • Aug 21, 2015

    “The Train” was re-released earlier this year in a new DVD edition from Kino Lorber; it is also available via Amazon Instant and other services. Recent news that two men in Poland claimed to have found a legendary Nazi cargo train allegedly loaded with plundered artwork — as well as

  • On Hiroshima anniversary, the pope called for a total ban on nuclear arms

    • Aug 10, 2015

    ROME — Marking the 70th anniversary of the use of nuclear bombs by the United States in Japan at the close of World War II, Pope Francis reiterated the Vatican’s long-standing call for a total ban on nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction. The pontiff called nuclear weapons