Canadian actress plans a “poetic, probing and playful” version of the Mass

Details: Halifax poet, musician and actor Tanya Davis is turning to the Catholic Church for her next project. On Saturday night, Davis will perform what she is calling a “poetic, probing and playful” rendition of the liturgy. Davis grew up in the Catholic Church, but left it long ago. “What stayed with me is this [Read More...]

Cardinal to lead requiem Mass for reinterment of Richard III

Details:  The head of the Catholic church in England and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both have roles in the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, it has been revealed. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic faith in this country, will lead a requiem mass at Holy Cross church, in [Read More...]

Not PC: Universities ban “offensive” Halloween costumes

Details:  Several universities have recently admonished their students not to wear a variety of costumes for Halloween that could potentially offend people, frighten people, or reinforce stereotypes. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for example, some students were warned against donning a Hannibal Lecter-inspired straightjacket costume because it’s offensive to people who struggle with a mental [Read More...]

Holy penguin, Batman: priest blesses bird in Manila

Take a look: The story:  Kaya the Humboldt penguin is just four months old — so young its gender is still unknown. But Wednesday marked the big day that Kaya, whose name means competence or ability in Tagalog, separated from its parents and took its first swim at the Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines. [Read More...]

Proof of virgin birth—in a python?

Details:   A reticulated python (the world’s largest species of snake) gave birth to six babies without the help of a male partner. The birth actually occurred in 2012. But it was only a few months ago that researchers published DNA evidence that Thelma — an 11-year-old, 200 pound, 20-foot-long female at the Louisville Zoo — was the sole genetic parent. [Read More...]

Despite decline in Catholicism, millions turn out for Brazilian celebration of Mary

RNS reports:  More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging [Read More...]

“Pumpkin Spice is eggnog for morning people”

I forgive you, John Oliver, for disliking All Things Pumpkin because you’re just so damn funny. [Read more...]

Barbie-as-Virgin-Mary art exhibit cancelled

You may remember this item from a couple weeks back. Now, the exhibit has been nixed. From the AP:  A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified Jesus Christ has been canceled amid complaints and threats by angry believers, the artists [Read More...]

Diner owner turns over the cash register to God

How’s this for trust?  Details:  When the going got tough at her Dallas restaurant, Dana Parris decided to turn the cash register over to God. Roger Self was at lunch last week when he discovered the unique pricing policy at East Main Street’s Just Cookin diner. When he went to settle his tab for a [Read More...]

Suddenly, with no warning, the Pumpkin Spice craze jumps the shark

I am a man deeply devoted to autumn, in part because it brings pumpkin-flavored food back into my life for a couple months.  Bagels, donuts, muffins, cheesecake—my heart leaps! But I fear the good people who feed my habit have finally gone too far. Ladies and gentlemen: pumpkin spice chewing gum. And pumpkin spice Pringles. [Read More...]