Who said that?

Francis isn’t the first pope to speak out about the environment—though he is the first to pen an encyclical devoted to the topic. And it turns out, his views aren’t that different from his predecessors. So, a quick quiz. Which pope said which quote?  John Paul, Benedict or Francis? 1.“Preservation of the environment, promotion of [Read More...]

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Is this the best dam basketball shot ever? Yes.

Literally. Behold something truly jaw-dropping: a 415-foot swish through a hoop from atop a dam in Tasmania. If confirmed by Guinness, it will be a world record. The Australian group behind it, How Ridiculous, has a method to their madness—and it’s rooted in the gospel:  In the YouTube description, How Ridiculous says it may be aiming for [Read More...]

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Caitlyn Jenner is no Arthur Ashe

There’s been a lot of ink spilled over the fact that ESPN is giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the cover girl of the moment, Caitlyn Jenner (a.k.a. Bruce). A number of more worthy recipients have been mentioned—and at least one writer has noted that, despite online buzz, Noah Galloway was not a runner-up [Read More...]

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State of the world, June 2015

View image | gettyimages.com For those who have been napping, here’s the latest: Four family members accused of beating 14-year-old to induce abortion, then burning fetus on grill   School lunch lady fired for giving kids who couldn’t pay free lunches  Texas man accused of beating his 3-year-old son to death over potty training  Pro-abortion [Read More...]

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Who is Marco Rupnik? And what was he thinking with that Jubilee of Mercy logo?

Well, quite a few people have expressed their displeasure at the Jubilee of Mercy logo—you can find a lot of justified grumbling here and here and here. I was curious to find out more about the artist and didn’t have to look far. His biography:  Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik was born 28 November 1954 in Zadlog, Slovenia near [Read More...]

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A Catholic funeral for…a dog?

Check this out:  It happened on April 22, 2015 in the city of Sambreville, Belgium, in St. Victor Church of Auvelais. The parish priest, Fr. Francis Lallemand, took the initiative of celebrating the first religious service for a dog that we know of. He opened his church for the burial religious and preached a homily [Read More...]

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Great moments in American business: Nail salon forced to change name after harassment

From the In My Backyard Desk:  The terrorists have won in Queens — where the owner of a salon called ISIS Nails was forced to change the name because of constant harassment from people who thought the shop was connected to the terror group. Charlene Tse finally caved last week and renamed her Forest Hills [Read More...]

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What the world has been waiting for: a selfie stick that looks like you have a friend taking the picture

Check this out:  Fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, [designers] Snee and Crowe created the ‘selfie arm’. the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves — the product conveniently provides you a welcoming arm and, better yet, [Read More...]

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Cardinal announces furniture design contest for papal visit

The story, from the Catholic University of America website:  The leaders of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America met today with students from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning to announce a contest for the design of the altar, chair, and [Read More...]

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Faith in the center ring: how Ringling Brothers ministers to Catholics under the big top

CNS’s Chaz Muth and Tyler Osborn have produced this lively look at one of the most unusual ministries in the Church. Check it out (and check out that chasuble!): The Arlington Catholic Herald has more: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Blue Tour came to Fairfax in April with 16 performances at the [Read More...]

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