Wow! The Supermoon Was Awesome Behind Brazil’s “Christ the Redeemer”!

Supermoon behind Christ the Redeemer

Of all the images of the Supermoon of July 12, 2014, perhaps this is the most dramatic:  the moon low in the sky, behind Rio de Janeiro's iconic 130-foot statue of "Christ the Redeemer."A "supermoon" occurs when the moon is full on the same night that it's at the closest point in its orbit.  Saturday's supermoon was the first of the season, but there's another on the way August 10.Photo:  Getty Images … [Read more...]

French Sisters Are So “Happy”!

French sisters dancing

Everybody's got to get into the act!By now you've seen countless YouTube videos of people dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit tune "Happy."  According to some reports, thousands of videos have been recorded featuring the song, which was originally recorded for the movie Despicable Me 2.  What's become a social media cliche takes on new interest, though, when the dancers are a community of French religious sisters.The Sisters of St. Mary Spawn in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) recorded their own v … [Read more...]

No More Religious Processions in Calabria, After Unscheduled Mafia Salute

The controversial church procession in Oppido Mamertina, which paid homage to a mafia boss

There will be no more religious processions in the southern Italian region of Calabria, after hundreds of people defied Pope Francis by making an unscheduled stop during a Marian procession to bow in front of the home of a Mafia godfather.According to The Tablet,  Bishop Francesco Milito of Oppido Mamertina-Palmi said that those who bowed outside the house of Giuseppe Mazzagatti, an 82-year-old convicted murderer whose clan fed a man alive to pigs, "are clearly far from even a minimum … [Read more...]


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