Light and Mourning

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  • Has the Catholic Church become a ghost ship in search of a crew? Director Nicola Zavaglia reflects on this consequential issue with a documentary that brings you behind the closed doors of Catholicism. Featuring interviews with members of the Quebec and French clergy, as well as striking images shot in Rome and Calabria, Light and Mourning goes back to the roots of Christian belief in an attempt to explain the dramatic decline of the once powerful church in modern society. Two thousand years after Jesus, can the Catholic religion hope to flourish once again?


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on January 25, 2013.
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  • Images of Sorrow (3:22) -- Pagan Spirits in the Heights (1:03) -- Return to Rome (2:18) -- Paul Cardinal Poupard, President, Pontifical Council for Culture (2:32) -- Religious Beings (1:57) -- Historical Christianity (3:14) -- Father Jean-Louis Larochelle (2:28) -- Role of Women (1:58) -- Grey Nuns of Quebec (4:19) -- Father Gerald Dionne (4:23) -- Feeling Useless (3:22) -- Former Catholics Pierre-Andre Bouchard and Jean-Denis St-Cyr (2:35) -- Shared Sorrow (2:05) -- Jacques Grand Maison, Canon (3:52) -- Modern Church Conflicts (2:26) -- Monks (3:12) -- Brother Charbel (3:19) -- Story of Abraham's Visits Rome (2:18) -- Credits: Light and Mourning (0:53)
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