Arts & Faith

Italian organist performs with Syrian symphony, ‘passionate’ musicians

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan — A famed Italian Catholic cathedral organist is believed to have been the first Western musician to perform in Syria since the start of the civil war nearly six years ago. “It has been awesome. It was something unbelievable,” Eugenio Maria Fagiani told Catholic News Service by…

Books offer insights on conflict, leadership for church ministers

“Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders” by Ann M. Garrido. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 270 pp., $15.95. “To Heal, Proclaim and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today’s Catholic Church” by Jared Dees. Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2016). 298 pp., $16.95. By Daniel S. Mulhall Catholic News Service…

Fascinating format can promote understanding among religions

By Eugene J. Fisher “The Jesus Dialogues: Jesus Speaks With Religious Founders and Leaders” by Brennan R. Hill. Resource Publications (Eugene, Oregon, 2015). 216 pp., $26. The year 2015 represents the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s landmark declaration on interreligious relations, “Nostra Aetate.” This book is a most appropriate way for undergraduates and…