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...]

“Remembering Steve”

Those who clicked on the Apple home page today saw this lovely, poignant tribute to the company’s founder, who died one year ago today. [Read more...]

Who we are: the latest statistics on U.S. Catholics

The USCCB has just posted the latest figures. Details: How many Catholics are there in the United States? What was the total enrollment of Catholic elementary and high schools in the United States last year? How many people are served by Catholic hospitals annually? The answers to these questions (77.7 million, 2 million and 88.5 [Read More...]

Awesome: a human Rube Goldberg machine

This is what happens when you have too much free time on your hands. You think up stuff like this. This is brought to you by the advertising geniuses behind Red Bull. Do not try this at home. [Read more...]


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