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Calvary

  After reading my Good Friday homily, describing a visit to Calvary, a deacon reader sent the above picture, showing the chapel containing the spot where Christ was crucified. Below, a shot of pilgrims lining up to touch the site. [Read more…]

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Scientists say the ark would float—even with 35,000 species of animals

Don’t try this at home.  Although it seems scientists think it would work: Noah’s Ark would have floated — even with two of every animal on board, physicists have determined based on the weight of the beasts and the buoyancy of the boat. The students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of [Read More…]

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Is this the Holy Grail?

Just in time for Easter, from The New York Daily News: Two historians claim the search for the Holy Grail is over. The famous cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper was identified in a book written by Margarita Torres Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, titled “Kings of the Grail” and published last [Read More…]

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Will “Son of God” be this weekend’s #1 movie at the box office?

Maybe:  Universal’s Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson, surged ahead to take the lead in the weekend box office, snagging the spot from The Lego Movie, according to Forbes. Along with Neeson, the film stars Julianna Moore and 12 Years a Slave’s Oscar-nominated Lupita Nyong’o.  The action thriller is set to bring in around $30 million over the course of this weekend.  The Los [Read More…]

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Bombing North Korea with bibles

From FoxNews.com:  On a rainy afternoon last Spring, American pastor Eric Foley and his wife stood in a muddy field near the North Korea border and prayed – their hands clasped to a 40-foot homemade balloon that would carry Bibles to the communist dictatorship’s underground Christians. “I get choked up, every time, as I let [Read More…]

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Good luck trying to preach this idea at Midnight Mass

A biblical scholar makes the compelling argument that Jesus was not born in a stable:  This understanding of the story has been around, even in Western scholarship, for a long, long time. Bailey cites William Thomson, a Presbyterian missionary to Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, who wrote in 1857: It is my impression that the birth actually took place [Read More…]

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On words and The Word—UPDATED

Mary DeTurris Poust has a followup to yesterday’s cri de coeur on lackluster liturgy: Over and over yesterday, in response to my “Losing My Religion” post, many people tried to convince me that a bad liturgy shouldn’t matter all that much in my faith life. Some who don’t know me very well — or at [Read More…]

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Archeologists reportedly discover town Jesus visited after feeding the multitudes

Details: Dalmanutha, a Biblical town described in the Gospel of Mark as the place where Jesus sailed after miraculously multiplying a few loaves and fish to feed 4,000 people, may have just been discovered by archaeologists, reports LiveScience. So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven [Read More…]

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Should you use an iPad in church?

Priests have been known to use them for celebrating Mass and for preaching. But the debate about whether it’s appropriate to use iPads in church goes on. Protestant ministers are weighing in:  The tablet may undermine the spatio-temporal nature of church. When a member stands before the congregation, reading the sermon text from a tablet, there is [Read More…]

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