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Pope Francis demanded forceful denunciations of drug violence in Mexico from the country’s bishops, who have preferred timid pronouncements instead of speaking prophetically on a tragedy that has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past 10 years and left another 25,000 Mexicans missing.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly axed its communications committee the last week of January, hard on the heels of news that Canada’s newspaper industry had killed off two small city dailies in Guelph, Ont., and Kelowna, B.C., and merged the competing Sun and Postmedia newsrooms in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, sending 90 journalists out onto the job market.
If there was any doubt the Sundance Film Festival has become as important a world cinema destination as Cannes, it was erased by the 32nd edition of Jan. 21 - 31, writes Gerald Schmitz. “Minus the superficial glitz, glamour, and beaches, the snowy venues of Park City, Utah, showcased a global cornucopia of breakout and heavyweight talent.”