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Harvard's Black Mass First Homeless Then Not Happening

Whether or not any lessons will be learned in terms of religious tolerance or basic courtesy, the Harvard Crimson is getting a lesson in covering breaking news, as the story of the "black mass" (which was originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET) has changed almost hourly. In the most recent news, first announced via the Crimson's Twitter page, "Satanic Black Mass has been postponed indefinitely and will not take place tonight..." May 12, 2014 7:43 PM PT

Harvard (Extension School), the Black Mass, and the Not-Quite Satanists

All day, the Catholic blogosphere – in particular the corner of it housed at the multifaith Website Patheos – has been buzzing about the announcement that the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club was planning to hold a "re-enactment of a 'satanic black mass' performed by the Satanic Temple" (according to the ad), at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 12. May 7, 2014 6:19 PM PT

'The Jewish Cardinal' Closes the 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Starting on May 1 with a gala honoring legendary actor Carl Reiner at the newly named Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California, the 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) aims to celebrate Jewish heritage and build community by offering contemporary films exploring Jewish culture, heritage, and creativity. Apr 28, 2014 10:01 AM PT

'The Jewish Cardinal' Closes the 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Starting on May 1 with a gala honoring legendary actor Carl Reiner at the newly named Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California, the 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) aims to celebrate Jewish heritage and build community by offering contemporary films exploring Jewish culture, heritage, and creativity. Apr 28, 2014 10:01 AM PT

Pelosi and the Pope: A Tale of Two Thursdays

On Thursday, April 17, known as Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday on the 2014 Christian calendar, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Pope Francis both participated in a foot-washing ritual, but apparently with very different goals. Apr 18, 2014 3:58 PM PT

Does a Scrap of Egyptian Papyrus Prove Jesus Was Married?

A paper published on Thursday, April 10, in the Harvard Theological Review cited scientific studies that dated a business-card-sized scrap of papyrus, written in the Egyptian Coptic language, to at least the sixth-to-ninth century and possibly the fourth century. Apr 13, 2014 5:55 PM PT

Buffalo Mass Mob Concept Goes Viral

On Feb. 1, the Associated Press ran a piece on the Buffalo Mass Mob, led by organizer and founder Christopher Byrd, which uses Facebook and Twitter to assemble like-minded lay Catholics and vote on which of a selection of the city's under-attended but beautiful historic churches they're going to attend Mass at on a given weekend. The story got picked up in print, on television, and on the Web – including by Breitbart, which did a Q&A with Byrd a few days later, and even by a site in Denmark – and began to spread. Then the idea itself took root in other cities. Apr 1, 2014 2:10 AM PT

Pope Francis and Obama: Two Tales of One Meeting

On March 27, President Obama met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but the topics of discussion remain in dispute. Whatever was talked about, it's hard to imagine that the pontiff could win over Obama in areas where they disagree, such as religious liberty and human rights for the unborn. Mar 28, 2014 11:32 PM PT

Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner Invite Pope Francis to Address Congress

On Thursday, March 13, the one-year anniversary of the election of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy of the Catholic Church, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House of Representatives--and a Catholic--issued an open invitation to Pope Francis, as Bergoglio is now called, to speak before a joint meeting of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. Mar 14, 2014 7:01 PM PT

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