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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]