What a Difference a Word Makes!

“Omit needless words.” The mantra of Strunk and White has always been near and dear to this editor’s heart, but the ever-pithy Twitter has found a way to make needless words very attractive. My favorite iteration is the now-trending #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook. Clever contributors have offered tweaks...

Terror in the Umbrian Hills

Fans of St. Francis know that he was famous for his love of all creation, especially our feathered, finned, and furry friends. That’s why the latest news out of Italy is particularly disturbing. “Charlie,” a two-foot-tall pony (one of the smallest ever) has been kidnapped and held for...

Bulletproof Pope

For his first trip abroad as pontiff, Pope Francis left behind his armored Popemobile to visit a nation already witness to record riots. On day one, authorities found and defused a bomb hidden in a shrine on his itinerary, as reported by NBC News. (Which claims that Brazilian Catholics gather there to...

And the Winner Is…

Pope Benedict’s surprise resignation has created a media blizzard around one question: Who will be his successor? As cardinals gather in Rome to cast their ballots, betting sites around the world are cashing in. From tongue-in-cheek treatments (such as Religion News Service’s “Sweet...

Stupor Bowl

I think I used to like football. Until about 7 o’clock Sunday night. I got past the weeks of pre-game build-up, past the hours of pre-game talk. I got past the “sports commentators” saying things like (and I had the closed captioning on to make sure I was getting this right) “a guy...

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