Bible belonging to Elvis goes on the auction block

I suspect it’s The King’s King James version, don’t you? Details from the BBC: A bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it is auctioned in Greater Manchester next month. The book was given to the legendary singer by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his [Read More…]

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When Timothy Dolan danced with the Cosmo queen

How’s this for a picture worth a thousand words? The story behind it: It was Oct. 20, 2010, about eight months after Ms. Brown’s husband of 51 years, David Brown, had died. Ms. Brown, who died on Monday at age 90, had donated $1 million to the Cardinal Hayes foundation, endowing a slew of student scholarships and [Read More…]

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A modest proposal: using blurred glasses to avoid sin

A visionary idea?  Perhaps: It’s the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don’t have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. In an effort to maintain their strictly devout lifestyle, the ultra-Orthodox have separated the sexes on buses, [Read More…]

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Who knew? First winner of modern Olympics was Catholic

From the National Catholic Register:  The games were revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 and staged, appropriately, in Athens. His inspirational words have been repeated in every succeeding Olympiad: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is [Read More…]

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On sacred (under) ground: blessing a New York subway tunnel

Details:  At 7 on Monday morning, a priest in black robes approached a portal on Second Avenue that dropped down into an underground cavern. Accompanied by about 10 men in safety vests and hard hats, the priest donned similar gear and stepped into a steel mesh cage. As the cage was lowered into the hole, [Read More…]

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At dissident Catholic liturgies, even animals receive communion

Incredible, but true. Details, from The Age in Australia: Father Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome all – ”every man and his dog”, one might say, risking the non-inclusive language he deplores – but even he was taken aback when that was put to the test during Mass yesterday. A first-time [Read More…]

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Going for the gold: Catholics craft a cross for the Olympics

Details from Catholic News Agency: Catholics in England have created an Olympic Cross to help reach out to Olympians and attendees of the 2012 Olympic Games. “We wanted to create a keepsake that symbolizes everything the games truly represent, something we could then pass on to future Olympic host nations,” explained James Parker, Catholic Executive [Read More…]

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How to turn your Mac into a noisy old typewriter

Read all about it.  And check out the video below.  I’m in love.  Clackity clackity clackity clack. [Read more…]

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Send in the clowns: the annual pilgrimage to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As they have for decades, hundreds of clowns marched in Mexico on Wednesday in honor of their country’s patroness.  Details:  The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday (July 18) to pay homage [Read More…]

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Nobody’s prefect

An Olympic torchbearer had the tattoo pictured below emblazoned on her arm.  And it will be there a long, long time.  Read all about it.   [Read more…]

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