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...

I Didn’t Get What I Wanted for Christmas Either…

I’ve been to Atlanta, Georgia, a couple times. Except for the red dirt (which, I’m sorry, is just weird), it seemed like a pretty cool city. Nice architecture, nifty cultural establishments, quirky little news outfit (CNN), super-friendly people. I didn’t meet Zach, though. If I had, I...

In Glock We Trust?

According to Greg Horton of Religion News Service, a senior pastor (and assistant police chief) in Pryor, Oklahoma, is pioneering a new outreach program for his church: teaching members and would-be members how to handle a gun. Pastor Derek Melton defends his decision, saying: “The disciples carried...

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