Vatican Astronomer Believes Aliens May Exist

Finding alien life—especially intelligent alien life—would be the biggest scientific breakthrough of any year. Whether evidence was spotted in a distant galaxy by NASA, swung through our solar system on a flying hunk of metal, or caused a UFO sighting here on Earth, the discovery would ripple through both the scientific world and society at large.… Continue reading “Vatican Astronomer Believes Aliens May Exist”

Laureate College Preaches Values, Hard Work to Students At Christmas Carol

Laureate College has made societal value and hard work its talking point at this year’s Christmas carol programme. At the 10th edition of this year’s Christmas Carol and nine lessons which was held at the school premises at Mafoluku, Oshodi in Lagos State recently, the school said the programme was to instill the doctrine of Jesus… Continue reading “Laureate College Preaches Values, Hard Work to Students At Christmas Carol”

Close pope advisor in hot water over university payments: report

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, one of Pope Francis’s closest advisers, for years received 35,000 euros ($41,600) a month from a Catholic university in his home country, an Italian weekly has reported. L’Espresso on Thursday said the cardinal was paid more than 500,000 euros in 2015 alone by the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa, citing an internal report… Continue reading “Close pope advisor in hot water over university payments: report”

Mormons Are Baptizing Holocaust Victims After Death

Members of the Mormon Church are breaking church rules by posthumously baptizing victims of the Holocaust and the ancestors of celebrities like President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Kardashians, a researcher revealed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints allows the ancestors of its members to be baptized into the church after death, but… Continue reading “Mormons Are Baptizing Holocaust Victims After Death”

Swarthmore College offers ‘Queering the Bible’ course that ‘destabilizes’ Christian faith

Students at a private college just outside Philadelphia will soon be able to take a class that “destabilizes long held assumptions” about the Christian faith called “Queering the Bible.” Swarthmore College, founded in 1864, plans to usher in 2017 with a religious course that inculcates students with “queer and trans readings of biblical texts.” The one-credit… Continue reading “Swarthmore College offers ‘Queering the Bible’ course that ‘destabilizes’ Christian faith”

Are Christmas trees religious? Well, yes … and no.

There’s nothing overtly religious about the giant Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston. It’s got lots of lights and generic holiday ornaments. But don’t call it a “holiday tree.” Back in 2005, the city did just that. The intention was to remove any potentially offensive religious connotations contained in the name “Christmas tree.”… Continue reading “Are Christmas trees religious? Well, yes … and no.”

What I learned by getting my very first Christmas tree

I’ve never had a Christmas tree. Never bought one. Never decorated one. I grew up in a Muslim family in Iran and moved to the US about a decade ago. Every Christmas, I watch as my non-Christian friends get in their cars, drive to a Christmas tree lot and pick out their favorite tree. And I… Continue reading “What I learned by getting my very first Christmas tree”

Youths smash dozens of headstones in Serbian Jewish cemetery

Two youths in Serbia have been arrested on suspicion that they toppled or smashed 47 headstones at the Jewish cemetery in the northern city of Pančevo. In the Dec. 8 incident, the youths allegedly jumped over the cemetery fence and proceeded to push down the headstones, causing several to smash, the news site 021 reported. Police… Continue reading “Youths smash dozens of headstones in Serbian Jewish cemetery”

Polish fund to restore Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery

Poland on Friday launched a multi-million euro investment fund to pay for the restoration of Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery located in Warsaw and largely neglected since the Holocaust. Culture Minister Piotr Glinski said that profits generated from the fund valued at 24 million euros ($28 million) would ensure maintenance of the site that bears witness to… Continue reading “Polish fund to restore Europe’s largest Jewish cemetery”

Celebrating and mourning go with yearning for the Geula

ADAR is a happy month so is NISAN. In fact, Rashi holds that “When Adar enters, joy increases”, is because Adar is followed by Nisan because the Geula of Purim is followed a month later by the Geula of Pesach. As Av enters, our joy diminishes. Tammuz in which the Three Weeks of mourning the Beit… Continue reading “Celebrating and mourning go with yearning for the Geula”