Hillary Clinton Applauds Hooligans Who Desecrated Cathedral

Clinton w Pussy Riot

"Strong and brave young women."That's what former U.S. Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the members of Pussy Riot, a Russian anarchist punk band whose members have been convicted in Russian courts of "hooliganism" and inciting religious hatred.Clinton posed with two members of the band while in New York for the Women in the World Summit.  On Friday, she posted the photo on Twitter, saying,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina … [Read more...]

Vatican Protester Cools His Heels in Jail Cell

Protest on Dome of St Peters

The Italian business owner who scaled the dome of St. Peter's Basilica this week has finally come down, after spending two nights perched precariously atop the basilica, only to spend last night in a jail cell.Marcello Di Finizio was protesting policies of the European Union which may result in closure of his sea-side restaurant in the northeastern Italy town of Trieste.  This was the fourth time he had climbed the 138 meters (453 feet) to the top of the Dome:  Di Finizio had staged similar d … [Read more...]

Catholic Priest Awarded 2014 Templeton Prize

Tomas Halik

Monsignor Tomáš Halík, professor at Charles University in Prague, has been named winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for religious and spiritual progress.Monsignor Halík, who has taught sociology of religion since 1997, is a convert to Catholicism and cites as influences in his life Mother Teresa, first recipient of the Templeton Prize in 1973, and Catholic novelist Graham Greene.  He is a  onetime Czech political activist and an advocate for religious freedom in Czechoslovakia.  He has wo … [Read more...]