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Martin Scorsese (AP)

Silence, starring Liam Neeson, is based on Shusaku Endo’s novel about Portuguese missionaries travelling to 17th-century Japan

Composer John Cage in the anechoic chamber at Harvard University

What John Cage can teach us about the Mass

The avant-garde composer’s infamous piece reminds us that we need silence

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet's Christmas Carol

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence

Spiderman star Andrew Garfield will play the lead role in Silence (CNS)

Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson to star in Silence

Social networks can point people towards authentic questioning, silence and prayer (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI, in an apparent reference to Twitter, says profound thoughts can be communicated even in concise phrases

Pope Benedict gives his blessing at today's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 11/01/12

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