Odd Spot

Most Indians, including most Hindus, do not practice yoga

Monday, July 26th, 2021

A recent Pew Research Center survey shows that most Indians do not practice yoga. Just about a third of Indian adults (35%) say they ever practice yoga, including 22% who say they do so monthly or less, and even fewer who do so daily (7%) or weekly (6%). Read more

What if a mouse consumed a consecrated host?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

What would happen if a mouse or a dog consumed a consecrated host? If the thought seems too crass even to consider, please know that I am not the first person to ponder the question. St. Thomas Aquinas did. Read more

Nun goes viral on TikTok with skincare routine

Monday, July 19th, 2021

An Episcopal nun from Georgia in the US has gone viral on TikTok after fans demanded to see her skincare routine. Claudette Powell’s fans are now hailing her the “queen of clear skin” after she revealed her beauty secrets  Read more

Jonah not the only one to be swallowed by a whale

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Michael Packàrd was diving for Lobsters when he felt a huge push. I was almost like a “truck hit me and everything just went dark,” “I felt around, and I realized there was no teeth, and I had felt, really, no great pain. “And then I realized, ‘Oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth. Read more

Samaritans on brink of extinction

Monday, July 12th, 2021

The religion best known from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who helped an injured traveller on the road to Jericho is on the brink of extinction. The Samaritans were once a community, with at least a million people in biblical times living across what we know today as the Middle East. Today, only Read more

Who is the bishop of the Moon?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The moon has its own Catholic bishop, who is currently John Noonan. The Catholic Church says the moon is a part of Florida — sort of. An obscure church law — the 1917 Code of Canon Law — says that when an expedition sets out to discover new territory, that new land becomes part of Read more

Mary Queen of Scots rosary beads stolen

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Thieves snuck in through a window at a 1,000-year-old Arundel Castle, in West Sussex, England, and made off with a trove of gold and silver items worth more than $1.4 million, including gold rosary beads owned by Mary of Scots. Mary may have carried this rosary on her person as she recited her final prayers Read more

Debates rage about allowing women multiple husbands

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

South Africa is considering allowing women to have multiple husbands, a move towards equality in a country that already allows men to take multiple wives. The proposal comes in a green paper from South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs and has sparked outrage from conservative voices in the Rainbow Nation. Read more

Woman abandons husband to marry the Holy Spirit

Monday, June 28th, 2021

A 41-year-old  woman allegedly abandoned her husband of 20 years and claims to have married the Holy Spirit in an act that has shocked Kenyans and embarrassed the church in the East African country. A man who said he is her husband viewed the most recent ceremony differently: “There are not two marriages here. She Read more

Pope Francis invited Spider-Man to the Vatican

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

At his weekly audience at the Vatican on June 23, Pope Francis had a special visitor: Spider-Man. Well, not quite. Mattia Villardita, was dressed as the superhero—his childhood idol. It helps that he channels many of Spider-Man’s most noteworthy qualities by bringing joy to children in need. Mr. Villardita was invited to sit in the Read more