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Faith on the diamond. The Chicago Cubs are celebrating a historic win as World Series champs for the first time since 1908—and second baseman Ben Zobrist knows exactly who to thank. Because while a trophy is nice, he says, “We all need grace. We all need Christ.”
Missing the chance to score a seat beside a comedy legend at the game. Cubs superfan Karen Michel simply showed up to Game 6 hoping to buy a ticket for the sold-out game when the beloved Bill Murray turned around and gave her his extra ticket for the World Series. Jealous, much?
Holiday bonuses from the heart. Indian diamond company CEO Savji Dholakia didn’t give his employees just any old gift to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali—rather, the benevolent boss shelled out over $7 million to buy his workers 400 flats and 1,260 cars. Wonder if he is still hiring …
Sub-par parental leave policies. With parental leave being one of the hot-button issues facing today’s workforce, it’s nice to know some employers are paying attention. Specifically, the charitable founder of Chobani, who has announced that all employees will receive six weeks of fully paid parental leave starting in 2017.
Solidarity. According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, “feeling connected to others increases perceived effectiveness and socially responsible behavior.” So, basically, the more solidarity people have, the better people we become. It’s a win-win!
The rift between Lutherans and Catholics. On the 499th anniversary of the Reformation on Monday, Pope Francis called for an end to divisiveness between Lutherans and Catholics, urging the denominations to “accept a common path.”
* EN: Christian unity is a priority, because we realize that much more unites us than separates us. * PT: A unidade entre os cristãos é uma prioridade, porque reconhecemos que, entre nós, é muito mais o que nos une do que aquilo que nos separa. * ES: La unidad entre los cristianos es una prioridad, porque reconocemos que entre nosotros es mucho más lo que nos une que lo que nos separa. * ITA: L’unità tra i cristiani è una priorità, perché riconosciamo che tra di noi è molto più quello che ci unisce di quello che ci separa. * FR: L’unité des chrétiens est une priorité, parce que nous reconnaissons que [entre nous] ce qui nous unit est beaucoup plus que ce qui nous sépare. * DE: Die Einheit der Christen hat Priorität - wissen wir doch, dass uns sehr viel mehr eint als trennt. #apostolicjourney #Sweden
The final resting place of Jesus. This week, as part of a special expedition with National Geographic, a team of archeologists uncovered the tomb where it is believe Jesus last laid. What they found was nothing short of awe-inspiring: “the original limestone burial bed.”
Archeologists discovered a small cross ➕ where the body of Jesus 😇is believed to have been laid out after his crucifixion. The burial slab inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ⛪️ in the Old City of Jerusalem has not been seen since at least 1555 AD, when it was encased by layers of marble. 📍"This is the Holy Rock that has been revered for centuries, but only now can actually be seen," said Chief Scientific Supervisor Professor Antonia Moropoulou. 📚 "I'm absolutely amazed. My knees are shaking a little bit because I wasn't expecting this,” said Fredrik Hiebert, National Geographic's archaeologist-in-residence. 🔍 #emptytomb #Jesustomb #history #archeology #truth #churchoftheholysepulchre #jerusalem #DEATHWHEREISYOURSTING #IAMTHERESURRECTION
Cremation urns in the home. The Vatican has spoken, and their official ruling is that Catholics cannot keep ashes from loved ones at home. According to a press conference in Rome on Tuesday, ashes must be stored in a sacred place such as a cemetery.
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A new kind of Bible. When a man named Adam Lewis Greene launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of a Bible formatted more like a novel, he couldn’t have imagined how much interest it would garner. A cool $1.4 million later, Bibliotheca is officially complete and being shipped to readers around the world.
Death as a depressing topic. Bishops in England and Wales are turning to social media, specifically Instagram, to help Catholics deal with death. One doctor connected to the project said, “Most dying people are not depressed, and in my clinic many people have lived to enjoy the last weeks and months of their lives.”
#Repost @catholicchurch with @repostapp ・・・ The @catholicchurch in England & Wales launches www.artofdyingwell.org a website, open to all, providing resources and more to those dealing with death and dying. Find their #RememberThem wall @artofdyingwell where you can share pictures of loved ones to be prayed for. #artofdyingwell #mementomori #allsaints #allsouls #catholic #pray
Men of the cloth
A former footballer headed for priesthood. Manchester United’s Phil Mulryne is hanging up his jersey to become a man of the cloth. The 38-year-old Irishman threw friends, families and fans for a loop, but the athlete-turned-deacon is on track for a priestly ordination in 2017.
Phil Mulryne - The former Man Utd and Norwich player is now a priest. pic.twitter.com/fBa5n89rzb— Finished Players (@FinishedPlayers) April 21, 2015
American popes. HBO just announced its 10-episode show, The Young Pope, about the intrigue surrounding a “sexy” fictionalized American pontiff, will debut on January 15, 2017. The drama—which stars Jude Law as the first American Pope in church history—is sure to ruffle a few feathers, and with good reason. Really, HBO?
“Resurrections.” A 14th-century wooden crucified Christ was found behind an elevator shaft in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It was made by an artist of “exceptional talent” sometime in the 1300s, and survived both the 1527 sack of Rome and a 700-year termite infestation.
St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Dennis Jarvis | Flickr
Female priests. On a plane back to Rome following a trip to Sweden, the Pope seemed to squash the notion that the Catholic Church might evolve its ban on female priesthood, saying, “St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands, this stands.”
Priest ordinations at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris. Godong | UIG | Getty Images
Celebration of song
Garth Brooks. The country legend clearly made the right call when he came out of retirement, seeing as he snagged this year’s top honor—Entertainer of the Year—at the memorable (and incredibly emotional!) 2016 CMAs.
Miranda Lambert. Don’t worry; the twangy singer is still on solid footing in the country music community. But her six-year streak as female vocalist of the year was officially broken by none other than country music sweetheart and CMAs host Carrie Underwood.
‘Pumpkin’ stars. Just in time for pumpkin pie, astronomers have discovered a batch of celestial bodies known adorably as “pumpkin” stars due to the gourd-like shape they get from spinning so fast. Fun fact? These autumnally named stars produce X-rays at more than 100 times the peak level the sun has ever produced. Do your thing, space pumpkins!
The super-dupermoon. Sure, you’ll probably see another “supermoon” during your lifetime. What you may never see again after November 14, though, is a supermoon so big and so bright it is being dubbed the “super-dupermoon. ”
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