World’s oldest woman: 115-year-old Catholic in Iowa

CNS uncovered this just posted on its blog: The Gerontology Research Group announced this week that 115-year-old Dina Manfredini is the oldest person in the world. She is Catholic and a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines, Iowa. She inherited the title when 116-year-old Besse Cooper of Georgia died Dec. 4. [Read More…]

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When it’s appropriate to clap at Mass: a handy list

Marcel over at Aggie Catholics has a helpful post about applause during liturgy. While it’s frowned upon—the pope is not a fan of it—there are a few instances when it might be acceptable: Clapping is usually done for a human achievement and is not for God. So, it is a misplaced act in most liturgies. There are [Read More…]

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What to say—and not—to someone who is grieving

I found this interesting, and helpful: a brief blog post at Huffington by grief expert Gloria Horsley, on how to help those struggling with grief.  We’ve all been there, and a lot of us find ourselves ministering to those in mourning. What to do: • Show up. – I used to send a card. Now, I [Read More…]

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See this and smile: some kind words on a public street

In a culture too willing to snipe, backstab, gossip, bitch, whine, snark and kvetch, it’s nice to hear a good word every now and then or get a  reassuring pat on the back.  The charming experiment below fits the bill. They set up a booth on a street corner and invited people to give and [Read More…]

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This will save you a TON

Or close to it. Behold, what is reputedly the heaviest item that Amazon will ship for free (or, at least, with a $79 membership in Amazon Prime). Details: “It’s really an amazing deal,” says Amazon spokeswoman Pia Arthur, even if the heaviest items sometimes have to be handled by “specialty shippers” instead of UPS or [Read More…]

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“Give an honor to our Lord and Savior Barack Obama…”

We don’t have to wait until Christmas for the Messiah after all: Actor, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx caused a stir when he proclaimed President Obama a messiah as he spoke at the annual Soul Train Awards. “It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior [Read More…]

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Opus Dei sues over card game with that name, citing trademark violations

Details: Opus Dei, the elite and powerful organization within the Roman Catholic Church, is suing a Danish publisher for alleged trademark violations involving a card game titled “Opus Dei. Existence After Religion.” Public hearings in the suit began Wednesday, and Opus Dei spokeswoman Joanna Engstedt told The Associated Press that Dema Games, the publisher of [Read More…]

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Sellout: Thanksgiving goes commercial

Elizabeth Scalia vented about it yesterday.  And here’s another reason to dread the coming holiday, from the Wall Street Journal: Say goodbye to Thanksgiving — and Black Friday while you’re at it. Retailers are wrecking holiday time for shoppers and shop workers alike. This year will see an unprecedented move by the big boys of [Read More…]

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Abraham Lincoln, atheist?

I suspect a lot of people don’t know about this period of his life. Author Stephen Mansfield has the details: We have heard the soaring phrases often. They are fixed in the American book of verse. Now, they sound again in Steven Spielberg’s magnificent film, “Lincoln.” They come to us as tones of faith from [Read More…]

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Oh no!

The world as we know it is coming to an end. Details:  Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract [Read More…]

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