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Meteorites are some of the oldest known pieces of celestial bodies, and they’re littered all over Earth — someone just has to find them…

The day was shaping up to be a total flop for Matthew Stream and Roberto Vargas. The two meteorite collectors were in the remote, unincorporated community of Cranfield, Mississippi, in late April, days after a fireball exploded over the area. Witness reports of multiple sonic booms convinced the pair to fly out on a whim to scour the ground for fallen rocks. Before this trip, they’d only ever communicated on Facebook, where they decided to team up and do the trip together. But despite their best efforts, the search was not going to plan. Stream and Vargas trudged through swampy grasses and forests for hours. The air was thick with mosquitoes, and the ground crawled with lizards and venomous snakes. At one point during the trip, their rental car got stuck in the mud, and they had to ask a l...

When life goes well, it’s easy to think it’s normal, and that you deserve it. But it isn’t, and you don’t. Be grateful always… …

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Letter from Holy Roman Emperor Charles V written in secret code finally cracked after 475 years to reveal he was worried about being assassinated…

French scientists have decoded a letter written in 1547 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The three-page letter uncovers secrets of the 16th century, including assassination fears. It took the French team of scientists months to decode the letter’s secret language. Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you’re on the go. download the app French scientists have decoded a letter signed in 1547 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the Stanislas Libary in Nancy, France, has announced. The secretly-coded letter has revealed the significant concerns of the most powerful man in Rennaisance Europe during an era of religious and strategic conflict. It showed that Charles V feared an assassination attempt by an Ita...

Confession and the Art of Boiler Maintenance…

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky ( bio – articles – email ) | Nov 28, 2022 Jesus alone redeems and saves through the Cross and Resurrection, mediated by Church teaching through the Ten Commandments and the Sacraments. A Catholic church should be an oasis of orthodoxy, fidelity, and sanity. People should fill every Catholic pew, yet inactive Catholics as a group outnumber large Protestant denominations. So let’s make this appeal to our young people: teenagers and young adults. Do you realize how good you have it? You attend Mass because of devotion, good habits, or because your parents forced you. It matters little. Your parents are doing their job, and you’re responding. Your parents care for you. They’re present to you, both of them, or one or the other. They feed and clothe you and send...

More horrifying images turn up in pitch-black ‘Baalenciaga’ ad campaign [caution: disturbing photos in this story]…

The scandal around the ad campaign for the high fashion house Balenciaga has turned up more disgusting images. Look: Advertisement If you go to the tweet and click on the photos, you’ll see that there are images from that Michael Borremans book, documenting an exhibition of his called “Fire From The Sun”. From a review of the Hong Kong exhibition: The perceived meaning of the works is difficult to voice or uncomfortable to admit. In the most evident terms, Fire From The Sun portrays children aged two or three in various stages of play with fire and what appear to be human limbs, even hair. The children are all light-skinned Sistine-style cherubs, sometimes covered in blood. The children do not appear to be distressed or disturbed (though some viewers at the gallery may be...

Balenciaga clothing company changes strategy after public uproar, says ‘poor set design’ tarnished pedophilia-themed ad campaign…

Balenciaga has issued an official apology after coming under fire for a campaign it recently released for the holiday season. Highlighting its Objects line featuring logo-heavy accessories, the images were modeled by children, who were seen holding toys dressed in bondage and BDSM gear. These teddy bears were featured in the brand’s Summer 2023 runway in October along with models wearing makeup depicting bruising. In addition to the props used in the shoot, social media users were quick to point out additional details in the campaign, which was shot by National Geographic photographer Gabriele Galimberti, known for shooting kids and his “Toy Stories” project. A viral tweet noted that the photoshoot was “interesting” and “included a very purposely poorly hidden court document about ‘virtual...

Now that I’m a father, watching ‘A Christmas Story’ made me realize there’s much more to Ralphie’s dad than meets the eye…..

It’s a common trope for movies these days to replay scenes from earlier in the movie, as they explain why characters did certain things. “This is what the *real* importance of this scene was” they tell us, somewhat unsubtly. Maybe I needed the unsubtle treatment, because until recently, I had missed a pretty fundamental character trait of The Old Man. I first saw the movie when I was child, and so I’ve always viewed him through the eyes of Ralphie. Now that I’m a father and much closer to The Old Man’s age than to Ralphie’s, watching him in those scenes had me finally exclaiming, “*That’s* the importance of that scene!” We’re first introduced to The Old Man as he reads the newspaper. We’re meant to find him comically dopey. He exclaims that the story of a man swallowing a yo-yo is “real ne...

Why has a Hong Kong court fined Cardinal Zen?

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun was convicted and fined by a Hong Kong court on Friday for failing to officially register a fund helping pro-democracy protesters as a society. The 90-year-old former Bishop of Hong Kong was found guilty alongside five other people connected with the now-defunct 612 Humanitarian Fund and fined 4,000 Hong Kong dollars ($512) at the end of a trial that opened in September. The cardinal used a walking stick as he arrived at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Nov. 25 to hear the verdict, reported the Associated Press, six months after his arrest, which caused alarm among local Catholics. Principal Magistrate Ada Yim declared that the fund was required to register under Hong Kong’s Societies Ordinance because it was not established solely for charity purposes. Under...

Ordinary Means for an Extraordinary Holiday Season…

“We must also remember that no metamorphosis since pre-historic times is in any way comparable to the metamorphosis that we are now undergoing.”“[Man is] a creature which is not only capable of gratuitous acts but of which it can be said that such acts are this creature’s hall-mark and sign-manual.”David Jones, ‘Art and Sacrament’ in Epoch and Artist Serious issues can call for serious measures. But at the same time, even the most challenging issues call for an ‘ordinary’ response. This is consoling and encouraging. We might see it this way. The loss of the ordinary in human life has led to serious problems. Therefore, the restoring of the ordinary can address these same problems. And can have extraordinary fruits. David Jones (English, 1895-1974) was a painter, poet, and commentator on hu...

The Kingdom of David prefigures the Kingdom of Christ…

Solemnity of Christ the KingBy Fr. Victor Feltes When the ancient Romans would crucify someone they displayed upon the cross the person’s name and the reason they were punished. For the Holy Cross on Good Friday, Governor Pilate had a sign inscribed in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek with Christ’s identity and the why he was condemned. It read: “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” (The famous first letters of this phrase in Latin were “I.N.R.I.”) The Jewish chief priests told Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’” But Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written.” Pilate did not have faith in Jesus — he wrote what he did to troll the Jewish leaders — but what he had written was true. Jesus was condemned, suffered, and rose agai...

Italian religious sister who covered Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ and appeared on ‘The Voice’ leaves order to become a waitress…

A nun who became a singing sensation after winning Italy’s version of The Voice has stunned TV viewers again after announcing that she has kicked the habit and is now a waitress in Spain. Sister Cristina Scuccia, from Sicily, shocked judges, including the late Raffaella Carrà, during her blind audition for the show in 2014, giving a rapturous performance of the Alicia Keys’ hit song No One. After realising the incredible voice belonged to a nun, Carrà, who died last year, said: “I couldn’t speak for several minutes.” Scuccia, who at the time was among the nuns at the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family convent in Milan, went on to win the show that summer with her performance of What a Feeling, the theme song from the film Flashdance. She later produced an album, which she gave to Pope Fra...

Following the science isn’t always a simple matter…

Would religious thinkers in times before the Scientific Revolution ever have considered accepting the word of scientists over a plain reading of the Bible? Yes, they would have. And, in fact, they did. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin all took the words of astronomers over a plain reading of Genesis 1:14–16. All three argued for interpreting these scriptural verses in light of what science had discovered and therefore held those verses to be describing celestial bodies not as they are in themselves, but as they appear to human eyes. Genesis 1:14–16 describes the creation of the Sun, Moon, and stars: And God said: Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: To shin...