Would you like your funeral streamed live?

Welcome to the brave new world of the YouTube funeral, where grieving friends and relatives no longer have to travel cross country to bid goodbye to the dearly departed. Now you can do it online. From the New York Times: In an age of commemorating birthdays, weddings and anniversaries on Facebook and Twitter, it was [Read More...]

Lambs of God

If you’ve ever wondered just where the wool comes from that is used for the pallium, CNS has the answer: Certain things — such as a bath and getting dressed up — are universal before a personal meeting with the pope, and the rule holds even for lambs. As he does every year, Pope Benedict [Read More...]

Make yourself happier with just a pencil

Really?  Really.  Check this out, courtesy the Beeb. [Read more...]

Shock: Toronto art exhibit features bullet-riddled pope

Offensive doesn’t begin to describe this idea.  You can see pictures from the exhibit here. Details: An upcoming art exhibit in Toronto could raise eyebrows with its use of violent images involving people such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI. A series of 30 paintings and four sculptures by Peter Alexander Por [Read More...]

Why you really do need to turn off your cell phone on the plane

Think a quick call during take-off won’t be a problem? Think again. From the New York Times: The announcement over the plane’s speaker seems as much a part of the routine before takeoff as the demonstration of how to buckle a seat belt: Please turn off all electronic devices. But some passengers invariably ignore the [Read More...]

What's the most dangerous thing you own?

You might be surprised at the answer that CNN offers — but it makes perfect sense: Forget what’s in your wallet — beware your smartphone. It’s becoming one of your most dangerous possessions. If your phone was stolen a few years ago, the thief could make prank calls and read your text messages. Today, that [Read More...]

UPDATE: Vatican involvement in exorcist series is "unofficial"

Remember this story?  It had a few people scratching their heads — including some at the Vatican. The Los Angeles Times offers an update: News broke last week that Discovery Channel plans to launch the 10-episode series sometime this spring through an unprecedented partnership with the church. An initial report, confirmed by Discovery executives, said [Read More...]

Meet the future: communion by machine

Worried about hepatitis from a communion wafer?  No problem! From the Wall Street Journal: At St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Clark, N.J., parishioners no longer handle the communion wafers that they once transferred from one bowl to another at the start of Mass. Instead, parishioners use a very untraditional looking contraption known as a [Read More...]

"Dear"-ly departed: a vanishing salutation

Another sign of the times: it turns out that “Dear” is becoming, in popular e-mail correspondence, a four-letter word. From the Wall Street Journal: When Abraham Lincoln wrote to Ulysses S. Grant in July 1863, after a key victory during the Civil War, he began his letter, “My dear General.” When Giselle Barry emailed a [Read More...]

A heroine for our times

Well, here’s a towering icon of the Great Recession.  They should name a high school or a treasury building for this woman. Check it out. Literally. I’m in awe. [Read more...]