What Does Santa Have to Do With Saint Nicholas?

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Several years ago, William J. Bennett wrote a book entitled, The True St. Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas, in which he details the story of this heroic saint and how his story became the foundation for the Santa Claus we know today.

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“Witch Bottles” Turning Up on Texas Coast

Witch bottles
(Photo courtesy of Wikicommons, Malcolm Lidbury, CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED)

Beach goers are reporting on a series of eerie finds that have been washing up along the Gulf coast of Texas recently – glass bottles containing strange objects that are supposedly used by witches to trap malevolent spirits.

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Vatican Reaffirms Condemnation of Freemasonry

Due to an alarming increase in enrollment in Freemasonry in the Philippines, the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) released a new document that reaffirmed the Church’s long-standing condemnation of masonry.

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Pastor Disciplined After Allowing Smutty Video to be Taped in Church

Sabrina Carpenter (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Phillip Mansfield CC BY 3.0 DEED)

Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish in Brooklyn has been relieved of his administrative duties after he allowed a scantily dressed pop star to film a lewd video inside his church.

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End Times Cult Turns Deadly

The bodies of more than 300 people have been unearthed in a forest in Kenya where a charismatic “Christian” preacher allegedly convinced followers the end was near and the only way to be saved was to fast until they starved to death.

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Catholic Teacher Fired for Upholding Christian Beliefs…at Christian School!

Glawdys Leger (Photo courtesy of Christian Concern)

A Catholic teacher faces losing her career for refusing to promote and teach extreme LGBTQI ideology at a Church of England (CofE) secondary school and for expressing her biblical beliefs on human sexuality in response to student questions.

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New “Haunted Homes Hotline” Better Suited to Home Repairs

According to a home improvement company, 40 percent of millennials believe their home is haunted, which is why they decided to launch a special hotline to determine if it’s really a ghost or just some loose floorboards that need to be fixed.

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As Catholics Unite to Pray for Peace, Cardinal Offers His Life to Spare Children

As Catholics around the world respond to the Holy Father’s request to devote October 17 to a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Israel, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, offered himself in exchange for children being held hostage by Hamas.

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