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Pope discusses life’s biggest questions with International Space Station crew

The Guardian The Earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself, Pope Francis told astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, saying they had an opportunity to see the planet “from the eyes of God”. The … Continue reading

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What came after: The Counter-Reformation art of Carlo Dolci

By Yonat Shimron (Religion News Service) Five hundred years ago this week, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg, Germany’s Castle Church, ushering in a revolt against the Roman Catholic Church. The ensuing theological … Continue reading

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The Raw Devotion of Julien Baker

By Jia Tolentino (The New Yorker) The first book in English that can be identified definitively as written by a woman is the mystic text “Revelations of Divine Love,” by the fourteenth-century anchorite Julian of Norwich. Everything about Julian was … Continue reading

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“Trouble No More” Documents – and More – Dylan’s Gospel Tour

By Anne Margaret Daniel “Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”  — Proverbs 31:7 “Some day baby / You ain’t gonna trouble poor me any more.” — Sleepy John Estes, Someday Baby Blues (1935), … Continue reading

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Punk legends X honored in Los Angeles

By Steve Beard Members of the legendary punk rock band X were honored by the Los Angeles City Council in celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary and the Council officially declared Wednesday, October 10 as X Day in Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Bono’s eucharist in Bogotá

According to news reports, Bono received communion at a local parish on the morning (October 8) after performing the Joshua Tree anniversary concert in El Campin Stadium in Bogotá, Columbia. According to those attending mass, Bono arrived without fanfare, sat quietly … Continue reading

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Tom Petty on greed and power

“Through these hypnotic eyes, we’re told we’re nothing if we don’t have a mansion and dress like a movie star,” Tom Petty says. “I’ve never seen so much jewelry advertised. It’s hard on a young person to not think that’s … Continue reading

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Jack White’s patron saints

Excerpt: “Jack Outside the Box” by Josh Eells, New York Times White was brought up Catholic, and he still feels an affinity for the martyrs and saints. He likes their devotion, the purity of their sacrifice — especially St. Sebastian, … Continue reading

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On the anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death

RIP Jimi Hendrix, who died in London on September 18, 1970. A year before his death, Dick Cavett asked Hendrix if music had meaning. Jimi Hendrix: Oh, yeah, definitely, it’s getting to be more spiritual than anything now. Pretty soon … Continue reading

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Lady Gaga praying rosary; explaining ailment

From Lady Gaga’s Instagram account: I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure … Continue reading

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