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This fellow needs a retreat. Or something. Details: A suspended Roman Catholic priest once accused of stalking late night TV personality Conan O’Brien has now been charged with harassing a Boston TV journalist. Cohasset police say the Rev. David Ajemian […]

A board game based on a pope? Yep: Poles have a new way to remember the late Pope John Paul II: a board game that celebrates the Polish-born pontiff’s extensive travels. Marek Oczkowski, head of the Polish Board Games publisher, […]

Who can forget the haunting ballad by Gordon Lightfoot?  The Edmund Fitzgerald went down on November 10, 1975.   Years later, the tragedy formed part of the first homily I ever delivered in homiletics class (and which I preached again […]

This ad for American Express is clever, artful, lavish — and hilarious. I can’t believe he did this. 

Incredible, but true: That is one giant Jesus. Workers in a small town in Poland have completed what they say is the world’s biggest statue of Jesus Christ. At 167 feet tall, the one in Swiebodzin soars even higher than […]

Further proof that God is a baseball fan: School Sister of Notre Dame Virginia Muller grew up rooting for the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ministering in Baltimore, she has more recently adopted the Orioles as her hometown […]

The baseball world is mourning the passing of legendary manager Sparky Anderson, who died today at age 76. But as much as his heart belonged to baseball, it also belonged to his Catholic faith, which he embraced as an adult: […]

“Hollywood is … a scary place. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bad things, but there’s also a lot of good things. I’m able to live my dream, I’m able to do a lot of good things. […]

…and suddenly everybody did THIS (see below)?   It happened at Macy’s last weekend, when 600 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, mingling with the other shoppers, unexpectedly burst into the “Hallelujah!” chorus. Just watch and try not to smile. […]

A friend posted this on her Facebook page. It struck me as particularly apt for November, the month of falling leaves and darkening skies, when we remember in a special way those who have gone before us, and pray that […]