Happy Hanukkah week. Here are 10-ish items from the weekend:
An armed terrorist is holding an unknown number of hostages in a Lindt cafe in Australia while displaying a black flag with the Shahada, or Islamic declaration of faith, written on it. The situation threw off a scheduled meeting between federal police and Muslim leaders (subscription required).
Just so we’re 100 percent clear: Pope Francis did not say that all dogs go to heaven. David Gibson clears things up. Somewhat unrelated, but the photo to your right is of comfort dogs from the Newtown shooting, which marked its two-year anniversary yesterday.
In other Pope Francis news, the pontiff sent pa report on nuns tomorrow.Plus, watch out for
Congregants in black churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in protest of police shootings.
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and president of Samaritan’s Purse finds agreement with Amos Brown, pastor of San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church and a national board member of the NAACP, on issues surrounding Ferguson.
Some Christians don’t celebrate Christmas. Here’s why.
Celibate gay Christians are seeking acceptance from both churches and gay communities.
A pharaoh’s statue has been restored 3,200 years after it collapsed in an earthquake.
Finally, here’s SNL’s weekend skit on what to expect when you go to Mass for Christmas.