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Seems the familiar tunes chiming from one university’s clock tower weren’t “inclusive” enough. Details: The clock tower at Southern Illinois University has played Christmas carols for nearly 15 years. But this year, someone complained, leading university officials to briefly silence …Read More

That’s evidently another little bombshell contained in the documents, according to the Guardian: The British ambassador to the Vatican warned that Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to Anglican opponents of female priests to convert en masse to Catholicism was so inflammatory …Read More

An unusual project in Switzerland reported some news this week: An unwanted baby has been left at a hospital in Einsiedeln. The foundling is the sixth in the nearly ten-year history of the baby window, which is unique in Switzerland. …Read More

For the first time ever, a Marian apparition in the United States has received formal approval. Details: Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion. …Read More

Those are the words of a man, now in France, who survived the massacre at Our Lady of Salvation Church. Details, from the Christian Post: Iraqi Christians who were given indefinite political asylum in France say they don’t want to …Read More

Incredible, but true. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people. Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled …Read More

So claims a Wisconsin newspaper: After a two-year investigation, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is set to release its findings about apparitions at an area shrine. If the apparitions are decreed true, it would be an extremely rare occurrence. …Read More

I wonder what people think of bloggers. Details: What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common? Americans say they are all more ethical and honest than members of the clergy, according to a …Read More

The proposed repeal of DADT is sparking a lot of debate — especially among chaplains. Details: A long-awaited report on the possible repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay members says the chaplains corps has “some of the most …Read More

The former priest who caused a scandal last year is back in the news. From the Miami Herald: Ruhama Buni Cutié, wife of Miami celebrity priest Alberto Cutié, gave birth to Camila Victoria Cutie on Tuesday. “We…take this opportunity to …Read More