November 4, 2018

Longtime Bench-sitters may remember this story from several years back: A complaint filed by an atheist group asking for the removal of Bladensburg’s Peace Cross — a longtime community fixture dedicated to Prince George’s County veterans — has stoked debate and opposition from officials and residents across the county. The Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 in honor of the Prince George’s County World War I veterans. It stands 40 feet tall with a large gold star in the center…. Read more

November 4, 2018

The story of Ari Mahler has gained a lot of attention:  The nurse who cared for alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers identified himself in a post on social media. Ari Mahler came forward in a heartfelt post Saturday night on Facebook. Mahler was one of three Jewish doctors and nurses to tend to Bowers when he was brought to Allegheny General Hospital with gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with police after he allegedly killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of… Read more

November 4, 2018

You can see the video below. Pray for @EWTN today!!!! It was super scary on LIVE tv during Mass! Thank God for the security! pic.twitter.com/FSwRhLllOF — Science Teacher ن (@JMJScience) November 4, 2018 AP reports: A screaming man has interrupted the live, televised mass on a global Catholic network. The unidentified man yelled “this is it!” and profanities as a priest lifted the chalice during EWTN Global Catholic Network’s live mass Sunday morning from its studios in Irondale, Alabama. The… Read more

November 4, 2018

The world needs this today. And every day. Watch. Tree of Life Congregant Shares a Message of StrengthI grew up at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue. Our community remains full of love, pride, and strength in the face of hatredPosted by NowThis Opinions on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Read more

November 3, 2018

A sobering and, frankly, shocking assessment from a combined analysis of The Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer: Bishop Robert Finn wasn’t going anywhere. He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls’ genitals stashed on a pastor’s laptop. He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families. Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing to report the priest’s suspected child abuse — and after 200,000 people petitioned for his ouster — he refused to go…. Read more

November 3, 2018

Nice:  Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh turned down more than $600,000 raised by a GoFundMe campaign in his name this week. John Hawkins, the man who started the fundraising campaign, updated the page and posted a statement he said was from Justice Kavanaugh’s legal team. The campaign was closed to new donations on Oct. 6, and had raised $611,645 by then. “Justice Kavanaugh did not authorize the use of his name to raise funds in connection with the GoFundMe campaign. He was not able to do… Read more

November 2, 2018

This may be a first for network news:  Cantor Azi Schwartz of the Park Avenue Synagogue recites the Jewish Kaddish as a tribute to the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Watch below.   Read more

November 2, 2018

From CNS:  Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold Roman winter. According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the Nativity scene displayed in St. Peter’s Square will feature a 52-foot wide sand sculpture from Jesolo, an Italian seaside resort town roughly 40 miles north of Venice. The intricate sculpture, along with a 42-foot-tall red spruce tree donated… Read more

November 2, 2018

Earlier today, I was moved to share some thoughts about what is happening in the world these days over at the blog for CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) which I edit. CNEWA has made working for unity and solidarity a central part of its mission, and I thought attention must be paid: You don’t need a post-graduate degree to notice our world right now is torn apart — and hatred and division are a big part of it. Whether… Read more

November 2, 2018

This is a story more people need to see. Especially now. Watch below, from Good Morning America.   Read more

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