Vatican population: 572

It’s the tiniest country in the world, and most of its citizens are overwhelmingly male. Details, from CNS: Millions of citizens of countries from all over the world enter Vatican territory every year to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica or catch a glimpse of the pope on a Sunday in St. Peter’s [Read More...]

This is disgusting. I want some.

Just in time for Lent, here’s something new to give up: a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s, named in honor of late night host Jimmy Fallon and dubbed “Late Night Snack”: Previously, Ben & Jerry’s flavors have saluted such show-biz figures as Stephen Colbert (Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road), [Read More...]

Turning a church into a home: making God's house their house

From deep in the heart of Texas, a mission church becomes a family’s home… Details: Arlene and Bob Kampmann have discussed downsizing. Those 4,000 square feet are a lot for two people. But then they wonder, who would honor the history of their house the way they have? The Kampmanns, members of St. Philip Parish [Read More...]

Dear March, come in!

Can you believe it’s March?  Neither can I.  But Emily Dickinson feels otherwise. Dear March, come in! How glad I am! I looked for you before. Put down your hat— You must have walked— How out of breath you are! Dear March, how are you? And the rest? Did you leave Nature well? Oh, March, [Read More...]

That '70's woe

Do you miss the ’70s?  Does this bring back memories? Yes, I confess: I once looked just like that.  That’s eerily similar to the kind of clothes I wore to my Catholic high school over 30 years ago. (Ah, leisure suits, too!) The horror, the horror. To see more, if you can bear it, visit [Read More...]

Separated at birth: Timothy Dolan and John Lasseter

Seriously.  Have you noticed the resemblance? The celebrated Archbishop of New York could be a dead ringer for the Oscar-winning genius behind “Toy Story” and “Cars.”  (The latter just won a Life Achievement award from the Motion Picture Academy.) [Read more...]

I'm guessing it won't be the Year of Grammar

“Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” – Wording on invitation to Apple event, reportedly launching the next generation iPad [Read more...]

Head case: behold, a helmet that shaves you bald in 20 seconds

I’m not sure this is something the world has been itching to have…but here it is anyway. Ladies and gentlemen: the Shaving Helmet. (Gotta have one?  There’s a website for that.) [Read more...]

After near-death experience, boy says heaven is real

A Nebraska boy named Colton Burpo was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery — and what he had to say after his recovery has people stunned: There were things Colton did and things he said after the surgery that were out of the ordinary, but none of it made sense until a drive past [Read More...]

"Alive Together": a poem for Valentine's Day

Okay.  I know it’s a little early.  But I couldn’t resist.  I discovered this poem the other day and thought it was too good not to pass along in time for World Marriage Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day.  Share it with someone you love.  Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when [Read More...]