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The Late Movies: Pipe Organ Pop

A pipe organ sounds so important, so majestic, so …big. It was meant for big songs. Rock Around the Clock Recorded at the Nathanaelchurch in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany. * Jump Van Halen’s classic from 1984. * Star Wars Overture On the grand pipe organ at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. * Star Wars Throne Scene Music This song has become a staple of wedding processionals in recent [...]

Monks Sued For the Rights to Sell Coffin

After Hurricane Katrina put St. Joseph Abbey of Louisiana in financial hardship, the monks decided to parlay their woodworking skills into making and selling coffins. But before they could even sold a single casket, St. [...]

Around the World in Religious Traditions

VIAGRA FOR YOUR AFTERLIFE (Image credit: Flickr user sweart) Packing for the hereafter just got easier. According to a Chinese tradition, when a person dies, mourners should burn replicas of household items so the deceased can enjoy these in the afterlife. The hope is that if the dead are appeased with burnt offerings, their ghosts will refrain [...]