Incredible: man’s transformation after face transplant

This seems like something you’d find in the Weekly World News at the supermarket checkout. But this is just remarkable—and inspiring. I might even call it miraculous. From Huffington Post:  Seven months after receiving the most comprehensive face transplant in history, 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris is now able to come out of the shadows. “For the past [Read More...]

Obscene: 2012 Neiman Marcus catalog and its $100,000 chicken coop

Details: Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual holiday catalog Tuesday, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of “his and hers” timepieces for just over $1 million from Van Cleef & Arpels. The watches depict a tale of lost love on the faces and come with a trip to romantic Paris [Read More...]

School district orders football team to remove cross from logo

Details: A Wisconsin school district has ordered a joint public-private school football team to change its logo – in the middle of the season — after a lone parent said the inclusion of a bishop’s hat and cross was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Martin Lexmond, superintendent of the Shorewood School District, told Fox [Read More...]

Making a splash: California gets ready for annual Blessing of the Waves

A preview from the Los Angeles Times: Surfing luminaries and religious figures will converge in Huntington beach on Sunday for an unusual event. At the fifth annual Blessing of the Waves, an interfaith service sponsored by the Diocese of Orange, Tom Morey — the inventor of the Boogie Board — will represent the Baha’i Faith. [Read More...]

This year’s Christmas stamp: the flight into Egypt

Something altogether different from the U.S. Postal Service this year. From CNS: The U.S. Postal Service Oct. 10 released a Christmas stamp featuring an image of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt. A ceremony to celebrate the first day of issue of the stamp took place at the Washington National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church. [Read More...]

“Please write”: a correspondence 40 years in the making

This has all the makings of a Hallmark channel movie-of-the-week.  From the Los Angeles Times: It was the summer of ’72 when 13-year-old Tim Taylor reached the summit in the Sierra Nevada outback. Inspired, he wrote a note — “please write” — and tucked it into a metal film canister that he left on the 12,000-foot peak. [Read More...]

Christianity’s newest spokesman? Tom Hanks

It’s happening in Russia.  Details, from the Hollywood Reporter:  Tom Hanks is to appear on posters promoting Orthodox Christianity in Russia and neighboring states alongside prominent local cultural and sports figures. The Russian Orthodox youth movement Soboryane said it is launching a massive poster campaign during a missionary event entitled “My Pravoslavnye” (“We Are Orthodox [Read More...]

Geek heaven: check out this great marching band tribute to video games

H/T to Elizabeth Scalia for this one. From Deadspin.com:  Ohio State smoked Nebraska 63-38 yesterday before 106,102 fans, which is apparently an Ohio Stadium record. The fans who stayed in their seats for the halftime show were treated to a medley of old-and-new-school video game themes and characters. Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Tetris and Halo [Read More...]

Ringing in the “Year of Faith”

Parishes and schools are being encouraged to mark the special year that begins on Thursday by making a joyful noise: Churches around the country will ring their bells at noon to mark the beginning of the Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict XVI. A joint project of the Cincinnati-base Verdin Co., the Son [Read More...]

Russian Orthodox demand Apple change its famous logo to a cross

Good luck with that. Details, from the Christian Post: Christians from Russia’s Orthodox community are demanding that the country’s Apple division remove the famous half-bitten apple logo from its products and replace it with a cross, because they find the apple image offensive to their beliefs. In popular culture, an apple is often used to [Read More...]


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