Monday's News & Ideas

  • Good Friday in Cuba
  • Real estate specialty: Churches
  • Praise leaders
  • Church sign goes viral
  • Enlightened archbishop
  • Psychology of rumors

Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday this year after Pope Benedict appeal Associated Press: Cuba honors appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declares Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days after the 1959 Revolution. Toronto Star: Pope Benedict XVI meets Castro as Cuba marches toward reform

Building a business on churches for sale The New York Times: David and Mary Raphael are real estate agents with a rare specialty: They deal only in church buildings.

In the life of the church, praise and worship leaders play a key roleWashington Post: Part minister, part choir director, part cheerleader, the "praise and worship leader" plays a large role in many churches.

UM church's sign goes viralUM Portal: Photo of Oregon church sign goes around the world via Facebook, prompting hundreds of phone calls and emails from as far as Australia and Hungary.

In praise of an enlightened archbishopThe (Toronto) Globe & Mail: If only the wisdom of the Thames could flow into the Potomac -- and the political quagmire that is the Republican presidential race.

Mason City pastor found not guilty of assault on teenWaterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier: A jury finds Mason City pastor not guilty of assault for striking a teen who used profanity during a confirmation class in church.

The Spark

How psychology explains the slander of Trayvon MartinIn the aftermath of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a concerted campaign has been mounted online to portray Martin as a "thug" despite the lack of any evidence that he ever engaged in any sort of violence. But while race is undeniably a factor in the power of the rumors, it's not the only one, the Daily Beast reports. Psychologists have long studied the various quirks that perpetuate rumors and twist facts in difficult cases.

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