The hole in the floor: the burial of bishops in cathedrals

With Archbishop Philip Hannan’s funeral set for Thursday in New Orleans, the local paper looks at a venerable tradition surrounding the burial of bishops: After his funeral Mass, Hannan’s remains will be lowered into a crypt below the crimson carpet in the sanctuary in front of the altar, where he will lie alongside eight predecessors. [Read More...]

Good boy, Petey!

Anyone up for hoops?  Behold, a little game of one-on-one with a dog. [Read more...]

"His life was a living testament…"

“His life was a living testament of how one’s faith can steer you through tough times as well as prosperous times. As we reflect, we must celebrate what he has meant to all of us here in New Orleans, to the youth of our city, the elderly, all of us have in some way been [Read More...]

Catholic cemetery offers free burial of "cremains"

Interesting news, from New Mexico: Rosario Cemetery is offering to bury cremated remains for no charge. William Roibal, supervisor of the Roman Catholic cemetery northwest of downtown Santa Fe, said he’s already been contacted by a few families, including one that had stored a relative’s ashes in a closet for decades. Archbishop of Santa Fe [Read More...]

A sign of the times, in an envelope

Behold, a new line of greeting cards from Hallmark, offering support and consolation after a job loss: Details: “Don’t think of it as losing your job, think of it as a time-out between stupid bosses.” That’s just one of the many comforting sentiments that that consumers can find in Hallmark’s line of greeting cards for [Read More...]

Priest uses water gun to spray congregation with holy water

Really?  Seems so.  Details: A Catholic priest from a small Mexican town has turned on his own congregation armed with a watergun which was loaded with holy water. Father Juan Ramon Hernandez gives mass at a church in Acatlan. He became so saddened by the seemingly daily drug-related killings and violence he decided to take [Read More...]

On the blue tongue of Brian Kelly: "Hypocrisy at the highest levels of Catholic academia"

Did Notre Dame coach go too far during a recent f-bomb attack on national television? Peter Finney, Jr., of the Clarion Herald newspaper in New Orleans, thinks so: Just a pooch punt from the towering icon called “Touchdown Jesus” in athletic homage to Christ’s eternally upraised arms, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, with bulging [Read More...]

Now that's using your head…!

How long until this crops up in someone’s liturgical dance? Behold, the Guiness World Record for most number of head spins in one minute (131!) It’s nice when someone has a hobby, isn’t it? [Read more...]

A Muslim woman who plays soccer in Utah?!

How cool is that? Details: Serene Kergaye’s religion is important to her — so important that she wears a headscarf, long sleeves and long pants even when she’s on the soccer field at Cottonwood High School. Kergaye is Muslim, and the monochromatic clothes she wears under her uniform during games don’t bother her one bit. [Read More...]

Believing in God's job creation plan

If you’re praying for work, you have plenty of company — and religion can play a role in how people view government assistance, according to a new survey: As the nation struggles with 9.1 percent unemployment and President Barack Obama pushes a $447 billion job creation bill, a new survey shows that religion plays a significant role [Read More...]


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