Sultan: Muslims who attended Methodist supper will receive counseling

Who knew church suppers could be such a threat? Details: Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Malaysian Muslims to “restore their belief and faith” after they attended a community dinner at a church hall, a royal sultan said Monday. The case has triggered worries among officials in Muslim-majority Malaysia that some non-Muslims were [Read More...]

"You discover all the problems which the real Creator must have had…"

That’s how the ingenious Theo Jansen describes the experience of creating these incredible walking “Strandbeests,” powered purely by air and his own imagination.  Just watch. [Read more...]

Why aren't people in the streets protesting THIS?

This may be a first: the world’s first toy inspired by a video on YouTube.  Seriously. Why settle for the imitation when you can always watch the original?  Eighteen million hits, and counting.  See below. [Read more...]

Tweet, tweet: social media transforming weddings

It was inevitable, I guess, and now it’s getting attention from the press.  Details: As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom’s Facebook relationship change to “married.” “Nothing’s official,” she said, “until it’s Facebook official!” [Read More...]

In her footsteps: meet Dorothy Day's granddaughter

She is a Catholic activist in her own right, and recently visited Iowa State to speak. Details: Martha Hennessy is a soft-spoken woman, but her actions certainly are not. She spoke on Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union, giving a speech titled “Inspiration for the 21st Century Radical” in which she discussed her [Read More...]

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...]


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