Offbeat: “JP2″ Nightclub opens up in Roman Basilica’s Crypt

It appears that papists visiting the Eternal City have a new watering hole to checkout! The Wall Street Journal reported last week: The crypt of the Basilica di San Carlo al Corso near St. Peter’s Square has boasted tombs of cardinals for centuries. Today it is taking on a livelier vibe. Rev. Maurizio Mirilli, head of youth ministry in Rome’s Catholic Church, has converted a sectio... More

Offbeat: Dinosaur Skull Found in Church!

And by offbeat I mean totally offbeat! Encased in pinkish marble-like slabs supporting a balustrade, this dinosaur — or what’s left of it — has for centuries been the most faithful presence in the Cathedral of St. Ambrose in Vigevano, a town about 20 miles from Milan. “The rock contains what appears to be a horizontal section of a dinosaur’s skull. The image looks like ... More


Taiwanese bride bemoans lack of men and so … marries herself

When marriage comes to mean whatever we want to mean, it comes to mean … nothing: A Taiwanese woman left uninspired by the standard of men on offer in her city will finally tie the knot — with herself, Shanghai Daily reported early Saturday. Chen Wei-yih has bought a flowing white bridal grown, planned a lavish reception and even hired a wedding photographer to mark her unusual matrim... More

CyberFAIL: Vatican’s new office for internet evangelization … is without a computer

Yikes! Someone send Abp. Fisichella a gift certificate! The head of the new pontifical council charged with evangelising cyberspace has said that his new office does not have an internet connection. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelisation, made the startling admission at a press conference unveiling the new council. A Motu Proprio... More

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

Update: *Buy* from Cupcakery investigated for turning down “Coming Out Day” order

Update: If you want to support this Cupcakery, buy from them and tell them so! Original post: the national obsession with cupcakes has entered a strange new episode: Officials in Indianapolis are turning up the heat on a bakery that refused to take an order from a student group seeking rainbow-colored cupcakes for next month’s National Coming Out Day. A spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Gre... 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

Reflections on Party in the M.I.A.

And by “reflections” I mean “random musings” appropriate only on a Friday. Party in the M.I.A. If you watch the video, you’ll see a very cheesy adaption of a Miley Cyrus song made in celebration of the Saints’ success and run to the Superbowl. If you are from Louisiana, you don’t need a reason for me to post this and in fact have probably seen the video a... More


USA Today: "Got a Catholic question? Boy, 7, has the answers"

The Religion News Service had a fun and impressive story recently regarding a child prodigy in things Catholic. While I think the reporter isn’t very used to the high standards of proficiency in their knowledge of the faith that young Catholic children are able to sometimes attain, it’s still well worth the read. Gee, I hope he doesn’t start a blog – yikes! ...READ MORE... More



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