Odd Spot

The Roman Rite is not the only Catholic Rite Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

It may surprise most people to know that there are many different rites within the Catholic Church. All the rites of the Catholic Church are of equal dignity and equally valid. Attendance at a different rite fulfils the Sunday obligation. Read more

West Auckland church meets in a movie theatre Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Going to church has become a cinematic experience for a congregation that has found a new home of worship — at the movie theatre. Members of the City Impact Church West branch now regularly attend Sunday morning and afternoon services at the local Westgate Event Cinemas, in Massey, West Auckland. And unlike traditional churches, you are allowed Read more

Comedian: You find God when you welcome disabled Comments 0

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

A few months ago I attended Mass in the inner city of Chicago. Before the service, I went to the bathroom. Standing at the sink was a middle-aged man with Down syndrome. When he saw me, he cupped his hands, filled them with water, splashed me several times, let out a giant laugh and ran Read more

Five myths about personality tests Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018

The 19th and 20th centuries saw the rise of systems designed for the mass classification of human beings, including personality tests. Today, these tests are more beloved and far-reaching than ever, especially on websites like BuzzFeed and Facebook. These tools and typologies are based on powerful, enduring myths about what personality is and how we Read more

Who nominated these seven sins and the deadly ones? Comments 0

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Did you know that the list of the seven deadly sins has changed over the centuries?  Here’s a quick glance over the history of the seven deadly sins and how we ended up with the list we know today! Read more

Backlash after tap and go collection plate launched Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Australia is taking heat for implementing a tap and go collection plate. The Roman Catholic cathedral in Sydney announced the moved on its Facebook page, but the outcry was so swift that the post was deleted soon after. Read more

The legend of medieval Pope Joan persists Comments 0

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

In the late Middle Ages, a popular legend advanced the story of a medieval woman who disguised herself in men’s clothing and ascended to the role of pope. A dramatic ending to the tale ensured its endurance: As the woman, masquerading as Pope Johannes Anglicus, led a religious procession through Rome during the mid-ninth century, Read more

Meet a Vatican Tailor Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Measure, pin, cut and sew. Once a high-fashion tailor, Ety Cicioni is now customizing cardinal cassocks and Swiss Guard uniforms in a quaint office in the barracks of the papal soldiers, across from the entrance of St. Anne’s Door. It has been 22 years since Cicioni began hand-crafting ecclesiastical garments. Continue reading

Bishop Moth jumps out of plane at 15,000ft Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

60-year-old Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton had fulfilled his pledge to go skydiving and had completed the task successfully and unharmed. Bishop Moth jumped from a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money to take ailing pilgrims to Lourdes. Continue reading

Paul McCartney saw God during drug trip Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Former Beatle Paul McCartney believes he once saw God during a drug trip. In an interview with the UK, Sunday Times 76-year-old star said he was “humbled” by the experience. Read more