This Is Sweet: Stratford Caldecott To Be Buried Beside His Hero J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien gravesite 2

Last week I told you about the death of beloved Catholic author Stratford Caldecott of prostate cancer.I love this story out of The Tablet today: Stratford Caldecott, Catholic author and publisher, who died last week, is to be buried alongside his literary hero, J.R.R. Tolkien. Earlier this month, before his family met the undertaker, the relative of someone buried in Oxford’s Wolvercote Cemetery allegedly attacked a tree on the edge of the Tolkien plot because it encroached on their land. … [Read more...]

How Does the Vatican Know That Those Old Bones Are the Relics of St. Peter?

St. Peter's tomb, beneath the great papal altar in St. Peter's Basilica

The Vatican has just announced plans for an unprecedented exhibit:  For the first time ever, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, relics of St. Peter will be put on display for public veneration.The exhibit was announced in L'Osservatore Romano by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.  Archbishop Fisichella said that the veneration of the relics at the Vatican is a fitting way to conclude the Year of Faith November 24.  Millions of … [Read more...]

A Good Lie: Green Is Golfers’ Final Resting Place

Sunset Hills golfer statue

Call it the ultimate hole-in-one.Golfers in Washington State who dream of spending all their time on the course have a new option for the hereafter:  At Sunset Hills Memorial Park’s new golf-themed burial ground, dearly departed golfers can rest in peace near the hole, on the green, in the sand trap, or in an ossuary under a bronze sculpture of a golfer.Framed by nature, on undeveloped land near a wooded area at the back of the traditional cemetery, the new golfers’ memorial area has been … [Read more...]


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