Evidence that maybe the Mayans were right and the world really will end in 2012: Hostess, the company that brought you Twinkies, Ho-Ho's and Ding Dongs, appears poised to go out of business.
And then there's this: "Jesus" is now in the No. 21 spot for the 25 worst computer passwords you can create.
A 17-year-old in Minnesota said his Catholic priest denied him Confirmation after he posted a photo on his Facebook page holding a sign opposing the state's (now defeated) constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Future presidential wannabes are going to need a lot more than white Christian voters if they want to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., according to a new report.
Church-state and atheist groups have long complained about churches endorsing candidates; now they're going to court in a bid to force the IRS to do something about it.
They couldn't agree on what to say about the economy and the recession, but Catholic bishops meeting in Baltimore were able to agree on one thing: telling Congress not to throw the poor over the looming "fiscal cliff."
B16 says Christian bodies must keep talking to one another, even "when one cannot see in the immediate future a possibility for the re-establishment of full communion."
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley is rejiggering all of his 288 parishes into local "collaboratives" that will share priests in order to address a chronic clergy shortage.
Fascinating read from The Forward about shomer negiah -- Jewish kids who head off to college with the goal of resisting all physical contact (even hand-shakes!) with the opposite sex.
In the same vein (sort of), a Canadian woman has filed a complaint against a Muslim barber who refused to give her a haircut; the barber said Islam prohibits him from touching a woman who's not his relative.
The family of an Indian woman who was denied a life-saving abortion in Ireland is outraged: "In an attempt to save a 4-month-old fetus they killed my 30-year-old daughter. How is that fair you tell me?" said her mother.
And with that, it's on to the weekend.
-- Kevin Eckstrom