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Tourist douses fire in church with holy water Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Vienna’s famous Dominican Church was saved from possible disaster after a tourist spotted two confessional boxes on fire and doused the flames with holy water. Read more

Campus mission bell removed over concern it is a racist symbol Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The University of California, Santa Cruz has taken down a cast-iron bell that memorialized Catholic missions in the state after a Native American group argued it was a symbol of racism and oppression. School employees removed the bell from its spot outside the Hahn Student Services Building during a ceremony Friday. The school decided to Read more

Buddhist Temple with golden statue of David Beckham. Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

There’s a Buddhist temple in Bangkok that has a golden statue of David Beckham himself built into its altar If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t necessarily it because rather than being a free-standing sculpture like those of the Buddha, Beckham’s image is actually carved into the altar itself. Read more Watch video

The human cost of your chocolate Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The world’s chocolate companies have missed deadlines to uproot child labour from their cocoa supply chains in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Next year, they face another target date and, industry officials indicate, they probably will miss that, too. As a result, the odds are substantial that a chocolate bar bought in the United States is Read more

More churches than pubs in the UK Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

There are now more church buildings than pubs in the UK, according to figures announced last month by the National Churches Trust. But the number of churches overall is falling too, just not as fast. Read more

Vatican launches news bulletin in Latin Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Vatican is to launch its first radio bulletin in Latin, with translators facing the challenge of how to render modern concepts such as the suicide bomber, mini-skirt and popcorn into the language of Horace and Cicero. The first five-minute bulletin will be broadcast on Vatican Radio on Saturday, becoming a regular weekly event. Continue Read more

Police say ‘Holy Spirit’ saved speeder from ticket Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Divine intervention may have saved a German speeder from a hefty fine, according to police. At least he has Mother Nature to thank. Viersen police have shared a speed camera photo on Facebook that shows a dove in flight covering the face of a Renault Twingo driver caught doing 34 mph (54 kph) in an Read more

Owner of Noah’s Ark sues over rain damage Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Northern Kentucky has sued its insurers for refusing to cover rain damage. Ark Encounter, which unveiled the 510-foot-long model in 2016, says that heavy rains in 2017 and 2018 caused a landslide on its access road, and its five insurance carriers refused to cover nearly Read more

Pope Francis once owned a white Lamborghini Huracán Comments 0

Monday, May 27th, 2019

In November 2017, Pope Francis became the owner of a white Lamborghini Huracán ($250,000), a gift from the Lamborghini board of directors. Pope Francis auctioned it at Sotheby’s in London, and the proceeds of $800,000 ) went to charitable causes. Read more

French mayor offers ‘free Viagra’ to boost local birth rate and save school Comments 0

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

A French mayor has issued a decree pledging free handouts of Viagra to all couples in the village – including newcomers – in an unorthodox attempt to boost the local birth rate and keep its school open. With the number of babies falling, Jean Debouzy, mayor of Montereau, population 650, in the Loiret department south Read more