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Friday Abstinence Dispensation

I recently came across this fascinating snippet from the past: back in the 1960s, when companies were still trying to respect their clients’ religious beliefs instead of downplay or ignore them, Trans World Airlines (TWA) petitioned the Holy See for … Continue reading

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“Indissolubility” (?)

Boyfriend: “Babe, Church marriages are so expensive and overrated. Let’s go to Venice, put a padlock on the bridge, and throw the key into the canal instead!” Girlfriend: “Aw, you’re so romantic! – And let’s take a selfie after we do … Continue reading

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Graffiti Correction Taskforce

Sometimes I wish I had a can of spray paint with me so that I could correct erroneous graffiti. Here are two egregious graffiti mistakes I’ve seen in the same number of days: 1. The word “your” needs to be … Continue reading

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Whoops

I noticed the other day that the Vatican has a new mobile site. In keeping with tradition, it’s not very easy to navigate. See if you can spot the spelling error. I’m not a big fan of this new design, … Continue reading

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Optional to Use the Cincture?

This post has generated various reactions, including one that was rather ghastly, and a bad example for others. It is obvious that it has, in the end, produced more heat than light; therefore I have deleted it. I apologize for the … Continue reading

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The Pope’s St. Joseph Statue

Via Twitter this morning, I found this photograph of the current St. Joseph “prayer space” or shrine that the Holy Father has set up in his apartment at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, otherwise known as the “Vatican Hotel”. It appears … Continue reading

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New Vatican Homepage

Literally within the past hour or so, the Vatican has rolled out a new look for its homepage. Here is a screenshot of the English site: As you can see, the “hermeneutic of continuity” has been employed, so the new … Continue reading

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Fast Food in Rome

Whether you’re here on a vacation or you live here, eating American fast food can be a big temptation from time to time, especially since eating in a normal restaurant tends to be a much longer affair here than it … Continue reading

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Demonstration on the Dome

Happy Laetare Sunday! Last night we changed to daylight savings time here, so since we were losing an hour of sleep I thought that I would get up even earlier this morning and head down to St. Peter’s to celebrate … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: Prayer

Resolutions are an ongoing part of every valid spirituality: during our time of prayer, as the Lord illumines our hearts and we grow in his love, we continually make resolutions as to how we can address our faults and mature … Continue reading

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Sourpuss Update

I posted before about a rather startling word in the English translation of the Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel: sourpuss (see # 85 of the document). In the original Spanish, the Pope had used an expression that, translated … Continue reading

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What a Papal Scarf Looks Like

You may remember seeing photos of Pope Benedict, wearing the traditional papal winter hat: That didn’t go over so well, I guess, and the practice was abandoned. People were talking about how he looked like Santa Claus, etc. It didn’t … Continue reading

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