Just In Time for Winter: German Village Rebuilds Snow Church! [Photos]

Washington, DC is enjoying mild temperatures right now but that’s sure to end soon. Meanwhile, in Germany, villagers have snow on the mind: Hotels and bars made out of ice have been common for a while — now a church is the latest project to get the cold treatment. In the Bavarian Forest, one congregation wants to build a place of worship out of 1,400 cubic meters of snow, just as thei... More

Wanted: Monks With Cowboy Skills

Talk about a unique calling: (AP) – A Roman Catholic monastery in North Dakota is putting its ranching operation out to pasture because it lacks monks with cowboy skills. Abbot Brian Wangler tells The Dickinson Press that ranching has been a part of Assumption Abbey since 1893, when it was in Devil’s Lake. He says raising cattle helped make the monastery self-sufficient. He says two mo... More
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Offbeat: Atheist Converts After Mock Prayer to Win $1m Lottery is Answered

A lucky chance miracle? A self-confessed atheist has become a believer after mocking God by sarcastically praying for his mother to win the lottery. However, his joke prayer was amazingly answered as the next day his mother won $1 million on the New York Lottery Sweet Million game. Sal Bentivegna, 28, who did not previously believe in God, had sarcastically asked his mother to “ask your God for ... More
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Cardinal Keeler, master of the one-liner

I met Cardinal Keeler once (and no, that’s not me in the photo with him – that’s the author of the story I’m about to share). The Cardinal is an elderly man of course, but as this story shows, still very sharp: During a March 2 testimonial at a special celebration of Cardinal William H. Keeler’s upcoming 80th birthday, Richard Berndt told a story that demonstrated why f... More

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