Habitat for Humanity to build a Pope Francis House

From The St. Louis Review:  Habitat for Humanity St. Louis will begin building The Pope Francis House next month in the Tiffany Neighborhood in south St. Louis for a family currently living in substandard housing. An anonymous donor sponsored The Pope Francis House with $60,000 gift, seeking to inspire the St. Louis community to raise [Read More...]

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Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial [Read More...]

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Restaurant chain invites the pope to try its Lent menu

How’s this for an unusual marketing gimmick: Red Robin is hoping to lure Catholics who are abstaining from meat during Lent by presenting its latest seafood menu — even inviting Pope Francis to lunch. And other fast food restaurants are jumping on the Lent wagon as well. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, extended an invitation [Read More...]

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What happened when an NFL coach showed up for a press conference with ashes on his forehead

The Baltimore Sun notes: Baltimore Ravens head Coach John Harbaugh spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday and he drew a lot of attention — not so much for what he said, but for the ash cross on his forehead. Harbaugh apparently came from an Ash Wednesday service straight to the Combine. The reaction to [Read More...]

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Elevator evangelization

So this happened tonight, after I came home from the last Mass at the parish… I get into the elevator. Young Asian man joins me. Doors close. He glances at me. “May I ask something?,” he says. He points to his forehead. “Why the cross? I’ve been seeing that all day.” “It’s Ash Wednesday,” I [Read More...]

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Manila’s Cardinal Tagle grants dispensation for fasting, abstinence on Ash Wednesday

Details:  As the eve of the Lunar New Year coincides with Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Manila allowed certain members of its faithful to be exempted from the holy obligation of fasting and abstinence at the start of the Lenten season. “We grant dispensation from the obligation of fasting and abstinence to our Chinese-Filipino and [Read More...]

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PETA discovers Lent: 7 reasons to go vegan this season

The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a few thoughts about what you should give up for the penitential season. I’m sure it will surprise no one that most of what they are encouraging us to give up involves animals. To wit: Go vegan for Lent! Lent is a time for [Read More...]

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Signs of the times: best street signs ever?

The City of Hayward, California is trying something different. This, from The New York Daily News: Speeding is no laughing matter, but slowing down can be. A California city introduced humorous street signs to catch the attention of speeding motorists and compel them to slow down on a major residential street. Hayward, Calif. installed seven [Read More...]

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Further proof that it’s a big Church

Details:  For some their perception of the world is based on what surrounds them, such as the foods they eat, the clothes they wear and for Catholics, how they celebrate their religion. A first of its kind initiative by the College of the Holy Cross called Catholics & Cultures is hoping to make the understanding [Read More...]

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Alice Cooper: “I teach Bible study”

From Christianity Today:  Veteran rock musician Alice Cooper shared recently that he volunteers as a substitute Sunday school teacher at his local church. The 66-year-old “Poison” singer made his mark in music during the rock ‘n’ roll era as “The Godfather of Shock Rock” mainly due to his gory stage shows which featured ghastly props [Read More...]

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