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Fun Friday: 103-Year-Old Dancing Nun, Un-Kosher Israel Flight & Oscar Preview

The Pew Research Center reports that religion coverage doubled last year — to a whopping 2 percent of overall news — largely due to negative stories like the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal, Florida pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn the Koran, the Park51 (“Ground Zero mosque” — except not) proposal, the Westboro Baptist Church hatemongers, etc.


So, let’s have some fun:

103-Year-Old Nun Attributes Long Life to Happiness (CBS)



Also — apologies to offended Jews, Muslims, and easyJet founder and distant relative Stelios Hadji-Ioannou, but this was definitely worth a chuckle: Airline serves pork on flight from Israel (MSNBC)

And finally, if you’re gearing up for the 83rd Academy Awards at 8 p.m. EST on ABC this Sunday (I managed to go see “Blue Valentine” and “Biutiful” this week, just under the wire): Spirituality at the Oscars: What the nominations mean (CNN Belief Blog)

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posted February 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

What a joy she is–if the Catholic Church had been run by nuns–well, I would probably still be a Catholic!

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posted February 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

The video of the polka-dancing nun made my day:)
An absolute joy to watch – and her cheerfulness is contagious!

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posted February 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Sister Cecilia is amazing on so many levels…. the fact that she could pass for a 75-year old being just one of countless examples. It’s about time CNN reported something positive about Faith, which is a miracle in itself (2% of total news?!). Great catch, Nicole. You made my weekend!

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posted February 27, 2011 at 2:53 am

Just to add to what Jester said, and with all the largely negative publicity that religion gets(sometimes quite rightly,,if one is to be honest!!), this one really put a smile on my face,and, along with a fun weekend away with my family, this one has really topped off a fun weekend, and, just by seeing this, it has capped off a fun weekend!! Thanks, Nicole!! As with Jester, you’ve made my weekend,too!!

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posted February 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I should look so good when (and if) I reach 103! Bless her!

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