The President, the Pope and the Prime Minister

A new book looks at the pivotal roles played by three world leaders  in defeating Soviet communism. Details, from Zenit: Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher were well known for their tenacious and principled leadership that, according to many historians, combined to help defeat Soviet communism. But what can we learn from [Read More...]

The greatest toy story ever told: Mr. Bean goes to Bethlehem

Anyone who’s ever played with a small nativity scene — come on, admit it, you’ve done it — will appreciate this priceless piece of performance art by the inimitable Mr. Bean. [Read more...]

Something fishy: an Italian Christmas tradition

It’s a big deal in parts of Brooklyn, and in Italian enclaves around New Jersey and Philadelphia: celebrating Christmas Eve with a feast of fish. Wonder where the tradition comes from? Some answers: Whether it represents the hills of Rome, the Catholic sacraments, or, as veteran home cook Rosella Vitale suggests, “lucky lottery numbers,” the [Read More...]

Wait. I think you missed a spot.

H/T to Patrick Madrid. [Read more...]

A Presbyterian sings the praises of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Is she the new Santa Claus? Check this out, from Presbyterian minister Ben Daniel in Huffington Post: The feast of Guadalupe is a distinctly Mexican holiday, and it may be worth asking why my family celebrates the holiday when none of us were born in Mexico or have Mexican ancestors. The answer is this: we [Read More...]

A Catholic school stages a controversial play — and nothing happens

It happened in Manhattan recently. Details, from the New York Times: When Eric Ostrow was hired last year to teach drama at Xavier High School in Manhattan, as a newcomer he chose two impeccably innocuous shows for student productions. The first was a comedy, “Epic Proportions,” and then came the musical “Grease,” with its script [Read More...]

Lou and me

Lou Gossett, Jr. stopped by our studio today for an interview. As you can tell from the picture below, he has a new book to plug. And, from the look of things, an annoying deacon/blogger attached to his arm. The book — “An Actor and a Gentleman” — tells the story of his life, his [Read More...]

Wow: check out Niagara Falls without water

What it looked like for a brief period in 1969, and what it looks like today. Read the story behind the pictures here. Check out some other shots and video, too. Incredible. [Read more...]

Have you gotten one of these in the mail?

It’s a Christmas card from The Big Guy himself. I’m still waiting for mine.  I’m sure he’s very busy — sending fruitcake to Rowan and Kung and such.   I’m sure that’s why I haven’t gotten mine yet.  Really. [Read more...]

Stocking stuffer: the latest in Catholic kitsch …

…just might be this curious rendition of the rosary. Details: An Italian company is offering an electronic rosary with the voice of Pope John Paul II leading the prayers. The Prex Co., based in Loreto, Italy, said in a press release that the device, complete with headphones, “was conceived to promote greater use of prayers [Read More...]