Pope Vetoes Vito

In what was a move that perhaps ought not to have been shocking, Pope Francis made headlines last week by excommunicating the Mafia. The move came after an especially shocking drug-war-related hit that took the life of a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather in January. While it might seem naive to think that...

Modern-Day Martyr

Martyrdom is alive and well. From the witness of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Amazonian jungle to the hovering threat of execution for a Sudanese woman (whose alleged crime was converting to Christianity), what we think of as an ancient and lamentable practice has shown no abating. Of the approximate 70...

Enduring Impact

The unexplained healing of an inoperable brain aneurysm saved the life of a devout Costa Rican woman and was the proximate cause of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. Deflecting the fame she has attracted, 50-year-old Floribeth Mora Diaz said, “I am here because God decided to write a story with my...

Not OK

Recently, at the grocery store, stocking up on healthy snacks for my youngest, I got a hankering for a little self-indulgence. There was an on-sale display of Dove lotion. I should immediately have thought of their inspirational Campaign for Real Beauty. Instead, a creepy voice in my head said, “It rubs...

The Great Debate

This month saw a landmark debate between one of my favorite scientists, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and one of my least favorite creationists, Ken Ham the Creation Museum Guy. While I don’t think many converts were won to either side, I admit to enjoying the very idea of such a debate. As someone who...

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