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A wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy takes centre stage at a mini-conference in Saskatoon hosted by Rebuilding Catholic Culture Sept. 2 and 3.

“Pinocchio: A Theological Tale for our Times” is a four-talk presentation guided by Fr. Gregory Hrynkiw at St. Anne’s Church in the Saskatchewan city. But it is not concerned so much with the classic 1940 feature-length Disney animation or other films based on Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s — the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini — original children’s novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883), though the subject matter is getting the deep dive treatment.

“Part of the method I do in my teaching is bringing people back to the original text and letting the text speak,” said Hrynkiw, a Byzantine-Catholic monk since 1989. “We just get so many versions of things that are digested for us and presented in a visual way that it affects our understanding.”

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