Offbeat: “Cat becomes a star after Pope blessing”

I can tell this is going to be a week of heavy topics on AmP so I think it’s best to sprinkle in a few lighter-hearted stories: Pushkin, the Birmingham Oratory cat, has become an unlikely religious hero after the Pope paused during his state visit to ‘bless’ the feline and tickle his ears. … “Once the Pope had prayed, he saw the cat and smiled delightedly and came over a... More

Charming moment + photo: Pope Benedict gives sniffer dog a pat of thanks

I can’t help it. Amid all the heavy topics we tackle daily on AmP, it was nice to read something totally different: The UK Catholic Herald: Pope Benedict XVI yesterday stopped to give a police dog an unexpected pat while thanking some of the 2,000 members of the West Midlands Police who had helped to protect him during his visit. After meeting the seminarians of England, Wales and Scotland... More

Offbeat audio: Electro-pop band Ooberfüse selected for official UK papal visit song

Discovering papist techno music is a humorous tradition here at AmP, stretching back to the amusing discovery of the “Habemus Papam Benedictus Mix“, where someone actually layered the announcement of Pope Benedict’s pontificate with a techno soundtrack. So, in that same tongue-in-cheek spirit, I offer to you today “Heart’s Cry“, a song by the UK electro-pop band... More

Discussion: Spanish priest strikes parishioner for Communion blasphemy

Many of you have probably seen this exceedingly odd story to come out of Spain: A Catholic priest in Spain’s province of Valencia slapped a young man in a church in the town of Rótova during a local festival on the evening of September 5. Believing that the young man had discarded a communion wafer, which the Catholic faith teaches is truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ under the mere app... More

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