SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Gabrielle Donnelly

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December 19, 2019
In a variety of rooms, gardens and religious and historical sites in and around Rome, two elderly men walk, talk, dispute and, eventually, unexpectedly, find common ground. As films go, it doesn’t exactly sound like blockbuster material. In fact, the director’s own son has described it, teasingly, as “two old men sitting and talking about
December 21, 2017
The opera singer Andrea Bocelli talks about his childhood blindness, singing for Pope Francis - and why's he's careful about his wine intake
December 21, 2017
It is a crisp winter’s day in New York City, and Andrea Bocelli, tall and elegant at 59, is talking about his faith. “In religion,” he says slowly, “is the meaning of life.” He is in America for a series of concerts and speaks unhurriedly and deliberately, partly with the help of the elegant lady
May 25, 2017
Michael Fassbender is remembering his days as an altar boy at Prince of Peace Church in Fossa, near Killarney. “I was head altar boy, actually, and I was quite good at it,” he says when we meet in London. “I was always interested in religion. But to be honest, when I was a small boy
December 22, 2016
The director was dismissed from the seminary as a young man. But his personal pilgrimage has never ended
December 22, 2016
Martin Scorsese is talking about vocations. It’s s a subject he knows something about, having studied at a seminary when he was a young man. In the end – as history and an armful of awards can attest – he decided to be a film-maker rather than a priest, but as he himself points out
December 22, 2015
A singalong screening of The Sound of Music – complete with fans dressed as nuns, goatherds and assorted Von Trapp family members – is a popular part of the culture these days. But one person you can be sure you will never meet there is the film’s star, Julie Andrews. “Can you imagine the mayhem if
December 18, 2014
The Irish actor talks about Calvary, his own Catholic boyhood and his late-blooming career
December 24, 2010
Gabrielle Donnelly speaks to Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg about his family, his faith, and being sent to jail as a teenager
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