A Hero Will Rise: Theatergoer Smashes Cell Phone During Performance

How long until we see something like this in church? Details:  We can’t count the number of times we’ve wanted to enact vengeance on some inconsiderate audience member whose cell phone goes off during a performance. But, like most people, we just bottle that fury up deep down inside and take it out on the break [Read More…]

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Angelina Jolie and the Illness No One Wants to Mention

Writer Jamie Calloway-Hanauer raises an issue many would prefer to overlook:  In the hours following the publication of Angelina Jolie’s story, others came forward with their own stories, and the media coverage since has been non-stop. However, when a similarly famous actress, Catherine Zeta Jones, came forward with her diagnosis of bipolar II disorder, it [Read More…]

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More parents naming their baby boys “Messiah”

From Reuters:  Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday. Jacob has become a standby for boys’ names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam [Read More…]

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Man spends four years writing out the Bible by hand

Wow:  A man in upstate New York has just about finished a task that was common enough until the invention of the printing press: Over the past four years, he has copied the King James Bible by hand, the Associated Press reports. Phillip Patterson, a 63-year-old resident of Philmont, N.Y., a town near the Massachusetts border, may [Read More…]

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Great moments in decisive leadership: Chris Christie, spider man

Wherein the governor of New Jersey smacks down a spider, and is applauded by everyone except PETA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has received flack in the past for delivering his smackdowns. But the political figure received some heat from PETA this weekend for laying a palm-faced smackdown on an itsy-bitsy spider before a group [Read More…]

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New dating site set up to promote abstinence

From HuffPo, which picks up the story from Essence Magazine: If you haven’t noticed by now, waiting is in again. More and more couples are choosing to put sex on hold in favor of finding love and a worthy life partner first. (And, we couldn’t be more proud.) Many of our readers have spoken out [Read More…]

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Britain unveils memorial to Quakers who served during wartime

When you think about it, it may be the most unusual war memorial in the world: one dedicated to pacifists. From the BBC:  A memorial recognising the wartime work done by Quakers has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Quaker beliefs, among them pacifism, meant that many were unable to serve in [Read More…]

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Churches reject sculpture depicting Jesus as homeless

Details:  Jesus has been depicted in art as triumphant, gentle or suffering. Now, in a controversial new sculpture in downtown Toronto, he is shown as homeless — an outcast sleeping on a bench. It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie [Read More…]

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Making a big stink: man sues his bishop for failing to exorcise flatulent demons

Details:  A Romanian lawyer is suing his local Orthodox bishop and four priests claiming they failed to properly exorcise flatulent demons that were forcing him out of his home. Madalin Ciculescu, 34, accused the five of fraud after they turned up several times to exercise the demons which were responsible for the bad smells that were ruining [Read More…]

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Chicago’s Fr. Michael Pfleger gives final blessing at Roger Ebert’s funeral

Details:  As a standing ovation finally quieted inside Holy Name Cathedral, Chaz Ebert paid the last words of tribute to her husband, famed movie critic Roger Ebert. “He had a heart big enough to accept and love all,” Chaz Ebert said, telling the crowd of fans and friends under the vaulted ceilings of the church [Read More…]

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