UPDATE: JPII Reliquary Found, Thieves Arrested–But No Relic!

Relic of JPII

Just a few days ago, I told you that the reliquary containing the blood of Blessed Pope John Paul II had been stolen from a church in the mountains outside of Rome.The Globe and Mail is reporting that police in L'Aquila, in the mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy, recovered a stolen gold and glass case that once contained the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, only to find the cloth stained with the blood itself was missing.  The iron cross and the gold and glass reliquary were buried on … [Read more...]

Well, That Was Quick! Rome’s “Decorum Squad” Scrapes Off the Super Pope

Before and After shots, showing the Super Pope graffiti, and the scraped and repainted wall

The Super Pope is gone!Apparently, the Vatican liked it (since the Pontifical Council for Social Communications tweeted the photo out to the world).  And the media liked it.  And the people liked it.But the folks who are responsible for keeping Rome's walls and walkways in tip-top shape:  Not so much.Catholic News Service reports that in the middle of the night, Rome's "decorum squad"--which is responsible for cleaning the city and removing urban artworks--scraped off and painted ov … [Read more...]

Too Sexy for Her Name, Woman Petitions Court for Legal Change

Sheila Ranea (aka "Sexy") Raintree

What were her parents thinking?!Sheila Ranea Crabtree hates the name her parents chose for her.  She hates it so much, in fact, that she has dropped her first name altogether, and she's asked a judge to change her first name to Sexy.The Pataskala, Ohio mother of two wears Victoria's Secret clothing all the time; so it only makes sense, she figures, to adopt the more fitting handle "Sexy".   She has paid the $87 court fee and will appear in the Licking County Court of Common Pleas in Fe … [Read more...]