[UPDATED WITH VIDEO]: “Occupy Rome” Destroys Statue of Mary

UPDATE – I posted a photo of this earlier (see below). But via MatthewJLB, here’s video of it actually happening: Taylor Marshall at Canterbury Tales spots this heartbreaking photo: Taylor accurately observes: At the recent economic “occupy” demonstration in Rome, the protesters decided to take their anger out on…our Blessed Mother! What?… Did the Virgin Mary... More

[Updated:] Big News! Pope Benedict Announces 2012 Will Be The “Year of Faith”

Big news from over the weekend! Here is the text of the announcement (more to come): “It’s precisely to give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ, who gives us life in abundance. I would like to announce in this Eucharistic celebration I have decided to convene a &#... More

JPII: Man without a chest? Or Ghost of Christmas present?

Picking on minimalist modern art is usually an unfair game. This case is no exception, but given the subject and the location of the offending piece, this one cries out for comment. I really can’t find anything to like in the statue of Blessed John Paul II just unveiled in front of the Termini train station in Rome. I suppose I can appreciate what the author wants to do with the cape sweepi... More

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

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