June 2005

SOURCE. (Nod to Rocco Palmo, writer, Vatican analyst, and blogger at Whispers in the Loggia, who uses this image as an avatar.) Starting captions: Heading home after a long day spent electing a Pope. Leaving the conclave a cardinal. The Archdiocese of St. Louis today unveiled its proposal for a new uniform for the local […]

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On the off-chance that any of you follow our national reality soap opera As Tinseltown Turns, JimmyAkin.org can save you the outlay on next week’s People magazine. (Or, if you’d rather start up another Hollywood marriage betting pool, we’ll give you the scoop you need for that, too.) The couple known as Bennifer — Ben […]

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This Rock Giveaway

by Jimmy Akin

in Work

A friend writes: I’ve been slowly going through the endless piles of "stuff" that I’ve accumulated over the years, and I have decided that I am going to get rid of all my back issues of This Rock.  (I’ve already distilled out of them whatever material I will need.)  I haven’t done an actual tallying, […]

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Compendium Excerpts

by Jimmy Akin

in Theology

Earlier today I linked a couple of Zenit stories on the release of the Compendium of the Catechism. Zenit also carried a story excerpting certain questions from the Compendium. Here goes: 3. How is it possible to know God only with the light of reason? Starting from creation, that is, from the world and the […]

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More and more, churches are turning to gimmicks to draw worshippers. Since popular culture sometimes seems to have a larger following than Christianity these days, the gods of pop culture are pressed into service to entertain Christians bored with Christ. You may have heard, for example, of a Protestant church that organized a "Harry Potter […]

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Dangerous Species

by Michelle Arnold

in Miscellaneous

Yesterday I had a close encounter with an animal of the same kind you see here. Though briefly shaken, I was unconcerned until I read in AARP Magazine’s July/August issue (sorry, story not available online) that deer account for more human deaths in the U.S. than any other animal.  Dogs? Shark attack? Not even close. […]

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Today, June 30, in the year 1908 was the day something really mysterious happened over the Tunguska region of Siberia. It also flattened a lot of trees in the area. Folks in the region saw a fireball streaking across the sky, following which there was a huge explosion and half the sky lit up. Then […]

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Your travel tip for the day: If you go the Holy Land, scratch "Swimming in the Jordan" off of your To-Do List: "The Jordan River, where Christians believe Jesus was baptized, is heavily polluted with sewage and is in danger of drying up after decades of conflict and intense agricultural use, environmentalists said on Friday. […]

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Your travel tip for the day: If you go the Holy Land, scratch "Swimming in the Jordan" off of your To-Do List: "The Jordan River, where Christians believe Jesus was baptized, is heavily polluted with sewage and is in danger of drying up after decades of conflict and intense agricultural use, environmentalists said on Friday. […]

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Compendium Info

by Jimmy Akin

in Theology

Lotsa good stuff in the news about the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCCC or 4C). HERE’S A BASIC ARTICLE ABOUT IT BEING RELEASED. Highlights of this piece include the facts that the Compendium is 200 pages long and has 598 questions in it (so, I guess about three or so questions […]

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