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Cardinal Tagle: Stop talking about a Francis 'revolution'

Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle has called on people to stop referring to Pope Francis' papacy as a "revolution" in the church, saying the pontiff's emphases are "not new" for Catholics across the continent of Asia.

Speaking Tuesday at an event focused on the church's mission in Asia, Tagle said Francis' tone and focuses are less a sea change and more an affirmation of work Asian Catholics have been undertaking for decades.

"I am always surprised when someone -- in the media, in the congregations -- asks me, 'What do you think about this revolution of Pope Francis -- the revolution to go to the periphery, to be a church for the poor?' " Tagle said.

"But I ask: 'What revolution?' " the cardinal continued. "It's not new for us. ... It's not a revolution. It's an affirmation of various intuitions of the church in Asia and of the universal church."


Interesting points, although perhaps it can still be thought of as a revolution in style, if not in substance.

Gifts received by Pope Francis to be raffled off to help the poor

It really ought not to be news, but given the worldly tenor of the Vatican down the centuries, it is: Pope Francis is raffling the gifts that have been showered on him to raise money for the down-and-outs who bed down in the environs of the world’s tiniest – but far from poorest – state.

In recent days, posters have gone up on walls around the Vatican advertising a draw. The tickets are only €10, yet the first prize is a brand spanking new Fiat Panda 4x4 – with all optional extras.

The car, sprayed papal white, is worth more than £15,000 new. But that is without the cachet that comes with having been the property of one careful owner who is also Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. Such things count for a lot on eBay.

Other prizes include a light blue racing bike, a ballpoint pen and a panama hat.


Florida woman accused of dismembering neighbor, then... just read for yourself

A Florida woman is accused of dismembering her neighbor then cooking his body parts.

Angela Stoldt told officials she took a hacksaw to her neighbor's body last year and tried to cook away evidence of James Sheaffer, Orlando Sentinel reports.

One leg went in the oven. Other parts went into pots.

Stoldt's house in Deltona smelled of burning flesh, but she assured her daughter it was just a rat broiling in the oven, according to details made public last week after a grand jury charged her with first-degree murder.


Religion and guns: Studies find faith linked to lower devotion to firearms

Early results from the 2014 Baylor Religion Survey found that the more gun owners rated themselves as being moderately or very religious, the less likely they were to be attached to their weapons as sources of power in such areas as respect, safety and self-confidence.

The survey also found that while people who were moderate church attenders were more likely to feel empowered by owning guns, attachment levels dropped for people who attended services weekly or more, Baylor sociologists F. Carson Mencken and Paul Froese reported.

One area where religion was associated with greater attachment to guns was in images of the divine. White respondents who were more likely to view God as angry and judgmental reported greater attachment to their guns.

Overall, however, the results tended to puncture the popular image that “religious people are really into guns,” Froese noted in an interview. “Somebody who is very religious is not going to be as attached to a physical object” that is not an overtly religious symbol.


Bishops back President Obama on immigration

The nation’s Catholic bishops are jumping into the increasingly contentious battle over immigration reform by backing President Obama’s pledge to act on his own to fix what one bishop called “this broken and immoral system” before Republicans assume control of Capitol Hill in January.

In an unscheduled address Tuesday (Nov. 11) at the hierarchy’s annual meeting, Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the USCCB would continue to work with both parties to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

But, Elizondo said, given the urgency of the immigration crisis and the electoral gains by Republicans who have thwarted earlier reform efforts, “it would be derelict not to support administrative actions … which would provide immigrants and their families legal protection.”

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” he said.


Annulment reform and a golden age for canon law

The inevitability of an overhaul actually was confirmed before the synod began, when Francis created an 11-member commission to work on a simplification of annulment procedures led by Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, dean of the Roman Rota, the main canon law court in Rome dealing with marriage cases.

Momentum was bolstered again last week, when Pope Francis reiterated his call for reform in a speech to the Rota.

“There was concern for speeding up the procedure for reasons of justice,” he said. “How many people wait for years for a sentence!”

Francis said the Church has a duty to say to people: “Yes, it’s true, your marriage is null,” or “No, your marriage is valid.”


Catholic 'guardian of memory' preserves Poland's Jewish past

On Sept. 1, Poles remembered the German invasion of their country that took place 75 years ago, marking the start of World War II. The Holocaust and five years of brutal Nazi oppression followed. The Nazis' murder of 6 million Jews took place, for the most part, on Polish soil.

Jan Jagielski, a 77-year-old Polish Catholic, deals with the legacy of that mass murder each day. A retired chemist, he now works at Warsaw's Jewish Historical Institute in the Documentation of Monuments and Photo Archive. His retirement work reflects his vow to never forget the 3 million Jewish people from Poland who were victims of the Holocaust.

"This is my eternal obligation, to be a guardian of memory," he said during an interview in his Warsaw office. His work helps counter a growing Holocaust denial, especially among the nation's youth, he said. "It was unprecedented. We must remember it."

Jagielski's affinity for Jews and interest in the Holocaust began during his high school days in communist Poland. He attended a secular high school in Warsaw, where many of his schoolmates were Holocaust survivors or children of Holocaust survivors.


The Onion: CNN Holds Morning Meeting To Decide What Viewers Should Panic About For Rest Of Day

Kicking around ideas ranging from an uptick in child kidnappings to a new link between laptops and cancer, senior CNN staffers held their regular daily meeting this morning to decide which topic viewers should panic about for the rest of the day. “It’s always kind of tough to get our meetings going each morning, but once we got some coffee in us, we were able to toss around a few ideas on what might absolutely terrify half a million or so viewers today,” said CNN Newsroom executive producer Eric Hall, adding that although the discourse was briefly derailed by a recounting of the previous night’s NFL game and discussions of staff members’ upcoming weekend plans, the team eventually spent 45 minutes debating which stories had the legs to prey on people’s anxieties for a full 24-hour cycle. “There was a lot of back-and-forth between those who really wanted to focus on scaring the hell out of people with a piece about the nation’s lack of preparedness for the next big earthquake and those who felt like we should try to stir up a frenzy over a potentially dangerous new teen trend called vamping, in which kids stay up all night texting with friends and posting on social media. Sarah pitched the threats posed by pit bulls, but she’s been pushing that thing since the day she started—at least she brought in Munchkins for everybody, though.” Sources confirmed that those objecting to going with a story about a horrific waterborne illness in Asia eventually acquiesced rather than let the meeting drag on into lunch.

Remember when the Onion only did satire?


I vote at Kelloggsville F**king Christian Reformed Church. What's your f**king polling place?


BTW: Some of my neighbors vote at "St. Fucking Mary Magdalen Church."

Florida native dressed as Teletubby breaks into home, dumps Chinese food into guy's man purse

A man dressed up as the yellow Teletubbie, Laa-Laa, won't escape charges after all for a weekend incident in Bethlehem, police said.

Terez S. Owens Jr., 20, a Lehigh University student from Jacksonville, Florida, allegedly wore the children's character costume while breaking into a friend's house about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Fourth Street on South Side.

Police said he went into the victims' refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a "man purse" before leaving. A door was damaged during the incident, police said.

Police said they caught up with him and identified him as the suspect, but the victim initially declined to press charges.

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