Pope Francis Throws Out the “P” Word Again

Pope Francis with young people

He said it again:  the Church does not grow by proselytizing but by attracting. Speaking to a youthful audience in Umbria on October 6, Pope Francis repeated his rejection of proselytizing as an effective means of communicating the gospel.  A Church grows, he said, because the testimony of the People of God is attractive—not because of proselytizing.  He urged the young people who sat at his feet to “come out of the self” and to go towards “the true peripheries of life.”I think I get the … [Read more...]

The Bare Truth: A Peek Inside a Nudist Chapel

Nude church

“Come on,” you groan.  “This is a joke, right?”Nope.  Nestled in the woods of beautiful Southampton County in Ivor, Virginia—just an hour from  Richmond—is White Tail Resort, a vacation destination which has offered a “relaxing, clothing-free experience” for nudists and naturists since 1984.  In the clothing-optional camp, guests romp in indoor and outdoor pools, swing and sway on the dance floor, play table tennis and ping-pong, and enjoy homecooked meals in the dining hall….all in the buff. … [Read more...]

A Direct Line with God: Singing Friar from Assisi Lands Record Deal

Friar Alessandro

Alessandro Brustenghi grew up listening to American rocker Michael Jackson, and he loves the music of controversial Icelandic singer Björk, founder of the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot.Alessandro is too busy, though, to spend all his time on music.  The 34-year-old is a Franciscan friar at the monastery at Assisi, where he works as a carpenter—crafting wooden lecterns and restoring furniture. Friar Alessandro’s operatic talent was discovered by British producer Mike Hedges, who had spe … [Read more...]