Archives for May 14, 2014

Fearing Violence, Jewish Authorities Ask Catholics to Take Down Welcome Sign for Pope Francis

As Catholics gear up for the Pope's planned trip to the Holy Land on May 25-26, authorities in Jerusalem--fearing attacks by Jewish extremists--have asked that a "Welcome" banner featuring Pope Francis be taken down.Police and the Shin Bet, the Israel Security Agency, have been concerned, according to Agence France-Presse, that Jewish extremists could increase attacks on Christian sites ahead of the pope's arrival in an attempt to attract media attention.  In the face of roiling tensions, … [Read more...]

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Popular Priest, Theologian and Author Reaches Mountaintop — Then Falls and Dies

Father Robert Cormier, a New Jersey priest and author, has died in a tragic 1,000-foot fall from the top of Mount Hood.According to MY9NJ.com, the local Fox News affiliate in Jersey City: Sheriff's office spokesman Pete Hughes said Cormier ascended Mount Hood's south side with two others, one of whom suffered a leg cramp.Cormier continued alone and appeared to reach the summit before he fell near Eliot Glacier at the volcanic peak 50 miles east of Portland.A helicopter photographed … [Read more...]

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Stephen Colbert Flips a Coin: Pope Francis’ Socialism? or Fox News’ Capitalism?

Comedian Stephen Colbert had a decision to make.The self-described "America's most prominent Catholic" is also, in his own words, its "foremost capitalist."  So when Pope Francis talks about "redistributing wealth", he experiences a crisis of faith--humorously described by Colbert as "Either the Pope is wrong, or God's a commie."So how does Colbert decide what to do?  He flips a coin!Colbert is a kind of Everyman, asking questions on behalf of us all.  His routine is funny, but do yo … [Read more...]

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