Odd Spot

Is the Pope a communist

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A US politician has called Pope Francis a communist a day after he met with Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican. Pelosi has also drawn criticism from conservative Catholics in the United States over her support for abortion rights. Read more

Edith Piaf’s link to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Monday, October 11th, 2021

When Edith Piaf was only six years old she was suffering from a form of blindness. She was staying with an aunt who ran a brothel in a town near Lisieux.” The aunt had the idea of taking her niece and her boarders to pray at Thérèse’s tomb, and the arrival of the little troupe Read more

Pope jokes his successor will be called John XXIV

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

In a light-hearted quip Pope Francis has suggested his successor may be called  Pope John XXIV. St John XXIII’s feast day is not the day of his death, but October 11, the day he opened Vatican II.  Read more  

What humans can learn from dogs on the feast of St. Francis

Monday, October 4th, 2021

In honour of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the NCR hosted a guest columnist, Michael Sean Winters’  beloved St. Bernard, Damiana. Damiana, says humans would have calmer, more spiritual lives if they were less serious and paid closer attention to the seasons and beauty of nature. Read more

Architect builds a lego version of the Vatican

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Working quietly in his Chicago-area home during the lull of the pandemic in 2020, Rocco Buttliere cobbled together 67,000 tiny, plastic Lego pieces to create an improbably realistic 3D replica of Vatican City State. He said the most challenging aspect of the Vatican piece was figuring out how to create the dome of St. Peter’s Read more

Cavern discovered under Rome’s Monteverde neighbourhood

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

A  350 metre long cavern has been discovered deep under the Monteverde neighbourhood in Rome. It is one of the hundreds that have been blamed for a growing number of sinkholes that have swallowed cars and threatened to topple buildings. Five years ago builders digging a garage realised that there was empty space beneath their Read more

The morality of boxing

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

Why has the Catholic Church not condemned boxing? It is the only sport in the world whose purpose is to hurt your opponent, even to knock them out. It is a barbaric sport where the participants try to pummel their opponent into oblivion. It certainly doesn’t belong in a civilized society whose rules are based Read more

Psychology rediscovering what religion has known for centuries

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Much of what psychologists and neuroscientists are finding about how to change people’s beliefs, feelings, and behaviours echoes ideas and techniques that religions have been using for thousands of years. Read more

Midler calls on women to refuse to have sex to protest abortion law

Friday, September 17th, 2021

Bette Midler has an idea which she believes will make people take notice of the campaign against Texas’ tough new abortion laws She tweeted: “I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.” Read more

Pope Francis challenges Catholics to read Dante this year.

Saturday, September 11th, 2021

In his 2021 apostolic letter “Candor Lucis Aeternae,” Pope Francis urges those looking for a different voice in response to our current situation to read, hear and imitate Dante, “to become his companions.” One excellent response to the pope’s call is “100 Days of Dante,” a web-accessible resource from Baylor University’s Honors College Read more Read more