A Direct Line with God: Singing Friar from Assisi Lands Record Deal

Friar Alessandro

Alessandro Brustenghi grew up listening to American rocker Michael Jackson, and he loves the music of controversial Icelandic singer Björk, founder of the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot.Alessandro is too busy, though, to spend all his time on music.  The 34-year-old is a Franciscan friar at the monastery at Assisi, where he works as a carpenter—crafting wooden lecterns and restoring furniture. Friar Alessandro’s operatic talent was discovered by British producer Mike Hedges, who had spe … [Read more...]

HOME-STATE SHAME: Michigan Democratic Congresswomen to Perform V-Monologues on Capitol Steps

Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield)

How low can you go? Last Thursday in my home state of Michigan, Democratic Congresswoman Lisa Brown was barred from speaking on the House floor, after making a crude reference to her female anatomy during a speech.  Brown had been speaking against a House initiative to ban late-term abortions after the twentieth week of gestation, when she said, “Finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no’.”A spokesperson for Michigan Representative J … [Read more...]

On a Wing and a Prayer: Airport Chaplains Offer Help and Hope to Travelers

Airport Chapel Sign - Dulles International Airport, Washington DC

“Dear friends, make sure that every person—of whatever nationality or social background—can find in you a welcoming heart, able to learn and understand.” --Pope Benedict XVI June 11, 2012Good advice for all!  In this case, though, our Holy Father was speaking to airport chaplains. At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, some 100 priest chaplains and assistants gathered in Rome June 11-14 to discuss new methods and new forms of … [Read more...]