World’s oldest active teacher is a Jesuit

Details:  Guinness World Records has honored a Jesuit with the record of world’s oldest active teacher. Jesuit Father Geoffrey Schneider, hailing from Sydney, Australia, turns 100 in December. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at him. “When I ask the students to guess my age, they usually say 70,” says Fr. Schneider, who teaches [Read More…]

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Oy: the growing popularity of “Jews for Tebow”

They’re kvelling.  They even have t-shirts (like the one above). Details: Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has had an ardent following since college, but in one particular case, he has quite a “tribe” behind him. Meet the self-named, self-proclaimed chosen ones for the Jets backup quarterback, the “Jews for Tebow.” The group, started last November after [Read More…]

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A future pope?

I’m thinking: yes.  I’m liking this fellow.  A lot. Catholic News Service has details of the young cardinal-designate: The youngest of six cardinals announced Oct. 24 is widely lauded for his theological gifts and his humility. Cardinal-designate Luis Tagle, 55, of Manila, Philippines, “really takes care of people … he’s so simple and generous and [Read More…]

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“Preachers should be aware of what their people are watching on television…”

Details, from CNS via the Catholic Review:  “My dad used to say, ‘I know what happened 2,000 years ago. I need to know how to live my life today.’” These words, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, get to the heart of a new proposed document on preaching to be considered by the [Read More…]

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“Jesus” among popular passwords in 2012

Not sure what to make of that.  But it does indicate, I suppose, that “Jesus” is The Way—or at least, the way to get your e-mail. Details:  Time to check your password. Password management company SplashData has analyzed millions of passwords released online by hackers to compile its list of the most used passwords of [Read More…]

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Apple: the 21st century religion?

If you caught any of the big launch event yesterday for the new Apple products—including the long-anticipated iPad Mini—you might have felt like you were in church.  That may not be a coincidence. Details from the Christian Science Monitor:  We asked Kirsten Bell, an anthropologist at the University of British Columbia in Canada, to look [Read More…]

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Pope Benedict names new cardinals

From Associated Press: Pope Benedict XVI has named six new cardinals, adding prelates from Lebanon, the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India and the United States to the ranks of cardinals who will elect his successor. Benedict made the surprise announcement during his weekly general audience Wednesday and said they would be elevated at a consistory Nov. [Read More…]

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Did you know the European Union’s flag is a tribute to the Blessed Mother?

I sure didn’t. Days after the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize, this “rest of the story” anecdote has emerged: Mario Mauro, leader of the Italian People of Freedom Party (PDL), one of the parties that form part of the the European People’s Party (EPP), stressed that the EU flag has twelve golden stars that [Read More…]

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Now it can be told: how they created those realistic raptors in “Jurassic Park”

From Stan Winston comes this fascinating glimpse at how they made those dinosaurs so realistic. It’s not as technically sophisticated as you might think: ultimately, it was mostly a guy in a rubber suit. Check it out, though. It’s surprising, and fascinating. [Read more…]

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I saw “Lincoln” last night: here are five takeaways…

I took in an advance screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” last night.  Five quick points, in no particular order:  Forget the trailer. What you’re seeing to promote the movie is more histrionics than history, and what actually unspools on the screen is sharper, smarter, headier and often much more reflective and tender than what you [Read More…]

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Vatican ambassador attends first Mass held at Iraqi monastery in 1,500 years

Amazing.  Read on: The Vatican’s ambassador to Iraq and a number of monks held the first mass in 1,500 years in one of the oldest monasteries in the Iraqi city of al-Hira (south of Najaf), and met with the top Iraqi Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Hira had been a spiritual capital for Christians, and [Read More…]

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Poland to start funding IVF treatments

And the secularization of Europe continues.  Details: Poland’s Prime Minster Donald Tusk announced plans on Monday to finance in-vitro fertilization treatment for couples, setting himself on a collision course with conservatives who say the procedure violates Catholic doctrine. A growing number of increasingly secular Poles back IVF, which has been performed in Poland for 25 [Read More…]

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What was the pope wearing yesterday??

It’s called a fanon.  Huh?? Details, thanks to the Catholic Encyclopedia and New Liturgical Movement:  A shoulder-cape worn by the pope alone, consisting of two pieces of white silk ornamented with narrow woven stripes of red and gold; the pieces are nearly circular in shape but somewhat unequal in size and the smaller is laid [Read More…]

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Planning to be on Long Island this weekend? Stop by and say hello to some Patheosians!

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is holding its 20th annual conference on Long Island Friday and Saturday, and some familiar names will be there, including Your Humble Blogger. Friday morning, I’ll be moderating a panel  — “And God Said ‘Tweet’: New Media and the New Evangelization” — that will include our own Marc Barnes and [Read More…]

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The future of the New Evangelization? Look East

That, in effect, is the message of John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter, writing from Ukraine: Back in 1974, music writer John Landau achieved immortality after attending a set in the Harvard Square Theatre by a then-obscure act out of New Jersey, and declaring: “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and [Read More…]

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“He was a typical village priest…”

Last year on this day, my parish celebrated a special Mass to mark the first feast day of Blessed John Paul II.  Below is part of my homily for that occasion. It remains a personal favorite of mine. Blessed John Paul, pray for us!  — DGK He was a typical village priest.  He said mass, [Read More…]

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New survey shows gap between “social justice” and “right to life” Catholics

Details: A new national survey of likely voters shows a sharp contrast among Catholics, the nation’s largest religious group and one with significant membership in swing states such as Florida and Ohio, when it comes to choosing between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The American Values Survey, released Monday by the [Read More…]

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Holy water: video of California’s “Blessing of the Waves”

I posted on this a few days back, now there’s video! Check out this report on the Blessing of the Waves, complete with every religion imaginable — and Dean of Jan & Dean, to boot! [Read more…]

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