Fruits of Fatima? Russia plans to build tallest statue of Jesus in the world

Check this out:  The statue was cast in 2013 by Tsereteli, the famous Georgian-Russian sculptor, known for his gigantic projects such as a statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and ‘The Tear of Grief’ in the United States, dedicated to the struggle against world terrorism. The monument stands 50 metres taller than the world [Read More…]

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Amazing video: what happens after you check your luggage

Ever wonder what happens to your bag at the airport after it’s checked?  Wonder no more. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport attached a 360 degree camera to a checked bag to show viewers what really goes on.  You may never want to check your bag again. Fasten your seat belts and hang on! [Read more…]

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Should women be lectors?

A writer who calls himself “Benedict Constable” (he admits it’s a nom de plume) offers several reasons why he thinks the answer is “No,” but this may be the most bizarre of all:  It ought to be said that in Sacred Scripture the Word of God is always compared to seed, and the preacher to the [Read More…]

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Smile and say cheesy: what selfie sticks say about us

From The New York Times:  Since the advent of front-facing cameras on cellphones, selfies have been a matter of eye-rolling and vague embarrassment even among those who take them (often making a pouty lip “duckface” if female or asymmetrically setting the eyebrows if male). Now, though, it seems a line has been drawn at mounting a [Read More…]

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Hundreds of high school football players gather to pray in Atlanta

Here’s something you don’t see often in the mainstream media. Not so very long ago, covering something like this in Atlanta would have been unimaginable. But perhaps the coverage of this story indicates how much the demographics have changed. From Channel 11 in Atlanta: Decked out in matching green jerseys, hundreds of football players from [Read More…]

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week

Yes, it’s really a thing. Read all about it. There’s even a photo contest. From the website: This World Breastfeeding Week, WABA calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in [Read More…]

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Their days are numbered: after thousands of years, Rome to stop using Roman numerals

Wow. From The Telegraph:  They have survived thousands of years since their birth in ancient Rome, but Roman numerals are finally to be phased out after they were deemed too complicated for the modern-day capital. Until now, Rome has remained stubbornly wedded to the ancient numeric system on its street signs, official documents, bills and identity [Read More…]

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“Flat Francis” does Epcot

The paper pontiff hit a few of the sites in Orlando yesterday, starting out at the Basilica Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe. Somehow, he found his way to Epcot. He didn’t meet the height restrictions on the rides—which require that you be taller than 11″—but I did sneak him onto Test Track on [Read More…]

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Welcoming “Flat Francis” to Florida

This email landed in my in-box yesterday: Pope Francis is coming to America for the first time in September. Since Catholic Extension has been supporting the Catholic Church in America for 110 years, we want you to help us show him the face of American Catholicism. Take a photo with this cutout of Pope Francis [Read More…]

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T-shirt evangelization

I’m hardly what you’d call a fashion plate. But there’s one item of clothing I own that consistently turns heads, sparks a reaction and earns comments and compliments. It’s this: I got this t-shirt last year at the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, N.C. They were giving them away at a booth set up by [Read More…]

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