Monday's News & Ideas

  • Pope confession
  • Opening Day blessing
  • NY megachurch's Ohio seminary
  • Midrashic, magical and radical Noah
  • Crowdsourcing monks
  • Improv for entrepreneurs

Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confessionCatholic News Service: Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.

Detroit Tigers get church's blessing on eve of Opening DayThe Detroit News: The faithful showed up Sunday morning at St. John's Episcopal Church to pray for the Detroit Tigers on the eve of Opening Day.

New York megachurch to start international seminary in Ohio in unused school buildingNew York Daily News: Worldwide church that started in Queens will open master's theology program in Seville, Ohio.

Why evangelical Christians are right to be angry about 'Noah'Jewish Daily Forward: Esoteric sources and Darren Aronofsky's imagination combine to create a film that is midrashic, magical, and radical.

Monks use crowdfunding to restore Rome cell used by St Francis of AssisiThe (London) Guardian: Franciscan monks try to raise £75,000 on Kickstarter to fix room in Rome church where saint is said to have stayed.

The Spark

Getting to "yes, and"At first glance, zany improv and the straight-laced corporate world might seem to be unlikely bedfellows. But, as Slate reports, improv comedy skills became a must-have for entrepreneurs .

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