Pope Francis: In the Mass We Enter the Mystery of God

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In the pope’s comments on today’s readings, he spoke about mass as a theophany: an encounter with God. There have been many posts in the past weeks about teaching the faith (Joanne McPortland rounds them up), but teaching the faith is a relatively simple matter for those who practice the faith. Sure, they can use [Read More...]

DuckTales Remastered [App o the Mornin']

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I’m too old to have any nostalgic memories of the classic DuckTales game, originally released in 1989 as a tie-in to a popular TV show. My children and I are, however, huge fans and collectors of Disney comics in general, and Duck comics in particular. The Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck books from artists/writers Carl [Read More...]

Bombshell Discovery: Million-Year-Old Hominid Footprints in England

The oldest preserved hominid footprints found outside of Africa have been found, and push back the date for a hominid presence in England to almost a million years ago.  I’ll just get out of the way and let the Independent tell you the news: Extraordinary new evidence of Britain’s first human inhabitants has been discovered [Read More...]

Minecraft: Game of Thrones

A group of gamers working on the WesterosCraft project have recreated the lands of Game of Thrones in Minecraft, and the results are … well, look for yourself. I’m blown away: [Read more...]

Pat Robertson on Young Earth Creationism

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I didn’t bother covering the “Ham on Nye” debate because I thought it was just dumb. A children’s TV show host debating a quack fundie? What next, a debate about Thetans between Dora the Explorer and Tom Cruise? When I kept seeing “Who will win?!” comments on Twitter, my only thought was: Can’t they both [Read More...]

CRS Rice Bowl [App o the Mornin']

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Remember getting your little cardstock rice bowls each year at CCD class, folding them into shape, and dropping in change to support Operation Rice Bowl? You can still do that (and you should) but you can also bring the practice into the 21st century with Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl app (iPhone/Android: free). CRS has [Read More...]

New Theories About a Mysterious Manuscript

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As I wrote here, I believe the Voynich Manuscript is an authentic, encrypted esoteric text. Much of the art–including flora and fauna–is fanciful, but some botanists believe some of the plants may resemble examples of New World vegetation depicted in other old manuscripts. Dr. Arthur Tucker from Delaware University … discovered similarities between specific plants [Read More...]

The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]


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