Pope Francis’ Fish and Monkey Basilica; Obama’s Rainbow White House

There's been quite an outcry in social media this week, after the Vatican put on a spectacular light show on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, projecting giant fish and monkeys and whales onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica.The show, titled "Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home," was the finale of the opening ceremony for the Year of Mercy instituted by Pope Francis. It was intended to show how climate change impacts our world. In addition to the animals and nature scenes, … [Read more...]

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A New Welcome Mat for the Year of Mercy

Pope Francis just gave me an idea:  I need a new Welcome Mat to kick off the Year of Mercy, which begins December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.Granted, I already have a mat, but it's seen quite a few sneakers and sandals and sling-backs and stilletos. What once greeted guests with a cherry "Welcome!" has lost its "Come On In and Make Yourself at Home" luster. See what I mean? Ugh!But Pope Francis has just reminded us to make our churches, and similarly the "domestic … [Read more...]

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Why Catholics (And Everyone Else) Should Stay Away From Horoscopes

“I would like to ask you," said Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus address, "...but don’t answer out loud; each one answer to himself: How many are there among us who read the horoscope every day? Each one answer, and when you feel like reading your horoscope, look to Jesus who is with us. This is better and will serve us better.” *     *     *     *     * The disciples were interested in seeing the last page, too. Like us, they wondered what the future would bring.And this past Sunday, ju … [Read more...]

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