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Tag Archives: Catholic Church

• Pope tells new cardinals no crazy partying – like grappa on an empty stomach

Pope tells new cardinals no crazy partying – like grappa on an empty stomach

Pope Francis is warning his new cardinals to keep the partying to a minimum — and keep their egos in check — when they are formally elevated at a Vatican ceremony next month. In a letter written to the 20 new princes of the church published Friday in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Francis warned […]

• OMG. Venezuela Catholic Church Fears Running Out Of Wine

OMG. Venezuela Catholic Church Fears Running Out Of Wine

Venezuela’s only maker of church-standard communion wine can no longer guarantee production. When it comes to Venezuela’s growing scarcities, not even the Roman Catholic Church has received a dispensation. Church officials say food shortages and foreign exchange restrictions are causing a lack of ingredients needed to celebrate mass: altar wine as well as wheat to […]

• What I learned from my 46-day beer-only fast

What I learned from my 46-day beer-only fast

Editor’s Note: J. Wilson is an award-winning homebrewer and author of “Diary of a Part-Time Monk.” By J. Wilson, Special to CNN About this time last year, I set off down a path that hadn’t been traveled for centuries. I fasted on beer and water for the duration of Lent. While that sounds like a […]

• What? Mass without wine? Phoenix Diocese WineLess Mass Criticized

What? Mass without wine? Phoenix Diocese WineLess Mass Criticized

The Phoenix Diocese decision to restrict wine in Communion rituals received criticism nationwide on Friday. Most who commented said they could not understand the reasoning behind Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s decision. And some believed the reasons had to do with unsanitary conditions or profane actions surrounding the wine, which Catholics believe to be the blood […]