Despite decline in Catholicism, millions turn out for Brazilian celebration of Mary

RNS reports:  More than 2 million worshippers, pilgrims and onlookers poured around an 11-inch wooden figure of the Virgin Mary as it made its way through the streets. A crush of the faithful heaved and hauled away at a rope that stretched over a thousand feet from the cart that bore the beloved statue, dragging [Read More...]

“Pumpkin Spice is eggnog for morning people”

I forgive you, John Oliver, for disliking All Things Pumpkin because you’re just so damn funny. [Read more...]

Barbie-as-Virgin-Mary art exhibit cancelled

You may remember this item from a couple weeks back. Now, the exhibit has been nixed. From the AP:  A provocative art exhibit featuring Barbie fashion dolls as religious figures such as the Virgin Mary and her boyfriend Ken as a crucified Jesus Christ has been canceled amid complaints and threats by angry believers, the artists [Read More...]

Diner owner turns over the cash register to God

How’s this for trust?  Details:  When the going got tough at her Dallas restaurant, Dana Parris decided to turn the cash register over to God. Roger Self was at lunch last week when he discovered the unique pricing policy at East Main Street’s Just Cookin diner. When he went to settle his tab for a [Read More...]

Suddenly, with no warning, the Pumpkin Spice craze jumps the shark

I am a man deeply devoted to autumn, in part because it brings pumpkin-flavored food back into my life for a couple months.  Bagels, donuts, muffins, cheesecake—my heart leaps! But I fear the good people who feed my habit have finally gone too far. Ladies and gentlemen: pumpkin spice chewing gum. And pumpkin spice Pringles. [Read More...]

Archbishop performed exorcism after Black Mass in Oklahoma

Details:  Satan has left the building. Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and a priest performed “prayers of exorcism” to rid the Civic Center Music Hall of evil spirits that may have lingered after a satanic “black mass” was held there, The Oklahoman has learned. Diane Clay, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said on Wednesday [Read More...]

When was the last time you heard a homily that mentioned mental illness?

A new survey looks at how this subject is treated in Protestant churches. But I can’t say it gets much attention in the Catholic Church, either. Details: Protestant clergy rarely preach about mental illness to their congregations and only one-quarter of congregations have a plan in place to assist members who have a mental health crisis, a [Read More...]

Off the hookah: owner explains why he named his bar “ISIS”

As you can imagine, it’s causing him all sorts of problems. Now this Queens Coptic Christian is going to the media to clear things up. From the In My Backyard Desk, via the New York Daily News:   Despite its menacing name, there are no beheadings on the menu at this Queens smoke spot. The [Read More...]

Barbie as the Virgin Mary?

This image has been popping up around social media, with the news that Argentina is producing a Virgin Mary Barbie Doll: But before you run out to Toys-R-Us to pick one up, check out the rest of the story: Pool Paolini y Marianela Perelli are the artists behind the controversial “Barbie, The Plastic Religion” exhibit which will be [Read More...]

A mother’s last dance

This is quickly going viral, and with good reason. The story:  A dying woman whose final wish was to be able to dance with her son at his wedding had her dream come true, and then passed away just three days later. Mary Ann Manning of Dublin, California, lost her battle to breast cancer on [Read More...]


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