7 Quick Takes Friday (set #89)

This week: A video primer on how a Pope is selected. Father Barron discusses Pope Benedict’s legacy. An overview of Lent from Father Pontifex. If God made a farmer on the 8th day, what did He do on the 9th? Putting the national debt into perspective. Another loyal pet story. Is Google a donkey killer?

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How do they choose a Pope? Here are the basics…

Spotted by Marcel

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Father Barron discusses the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI:

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Father Dusty Burns (a/k/a Pontifex) gives us an overview of the season of Lent:

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The best Superbowl ad pondered what God did on the 8th day…   “so God made a farmer“. SooperMexican has been wondering what God did on the 9th day and uncovered this little known fact:

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Many people fail to understand the magnitude of the national debt. This video puts it into perspective.

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A couple weeks ago I wrote about loyal pets who visit their owners’ graves daily. News now comes of Tommy, a German shepherd, who attended daily Mass with his now deceased owner – and still does. Read the story here.

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From the Convert Journal donkey desk: did Google kill this donkey? Their “street view” vehicles roam the planet, including in this case Botswana. In the first picture we see a happy donkey minding his own business. In the second, that same donkey – now deceased.

The pair of pictures and a ton of outrage appeared on social media sites. It turns out that Mr. Donkey is perfectly fine. The pictures were in reverse order. When he was on the ground, he was enjoying a “dust bath.” As the Google vehicle approached, he simply got up and walked away. A Google spokesman noted “Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously.” We can all rest easier.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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