Christianity

Gluten

Vatican Takes a Stand Against Gluten-Free Communion

"Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist."
Nick Rose
7.11.17
history

The History of the Pretzel Is Mad Twisted

The first known image of the pretzel makes it pretty clear that the bready snack was once reserved for the fanciest and most lavish of parties.
Nick Rose
9.27.16
Religion

This Pastor Is Using Beer to Bring People Back to Jesus

Church leaders are now meeting their parishioners not just at the altar for a sprinkling of holy water, but at the bar on the corner as well.
Kevin Farrell
9.25.16
Pizza

The Pope Is Taking Homeless People Out for Pizza

The Holy Father has been paying for rough sleepers in Rome to be taken on trips to the beach before hitting up the pizzeria.
Phoebe Hurst
8.15.16
Christianity

I Ate a Biblical Burger Aboard a $100 Million Ark

I visited the the Ark Encounter—a Christian theme park whose crowning attraction is a 510-foot-long ark that was built based on specifications written in the Old Testament account of Noah—to see if the food on offer was as epic as the ship.
Ashlie Stevens
8.3.16
coffee shops

The Resurrection of Bess Eaton

Bess Eaton is a regional coffee shop based in Rhode Island that commands a fiercely loyal fanbase. Even when the company became overtly religious—and later briefly closed—the passion for Bess Eaton never disappeared.
Darlena Cunha
3.27.16
Religion

A BBQ Spot Is Serving Beaver to Bring in Customers on Lent

Brown is serving what he calls humanely trapped smoked beaver and he says sales have “almost doubled” over the past week.
Alex Swerdloff
3.1.16
Denmark

A Danish Town Is Requiring Its Businesses to Serve Pork

The pork order has led to a full-on “meatball war” that has raised questions about religious tolerance in the historically homogenous Christian country.
Wyatt Marshall
1.21.16
mexico

Mexican Piñatas Let You Beat the Hell Out of Satan

When Spanish settlers arrived in Mexico, they turned an annual Aztec tradition into an opportunity to evangelize—letting the indigenous population beat the crap out of a metaphorical devil in exchange for fruits and candies.
Luis Cobelo
12.24.15
plane food

Pope Francis’s Plane Food Is Way Better Than Yours

Despite claims that pizza-loving Pope Francis is under strict medical orders to eat only fish and rice, it sounds like he enjoyed one hell of an in-flight meal.
Alex Swerdloff
9.24.15
liquor

Chartreuse Is a Monk's Secret Formula to Long Life

Father Michael Holleran—an American monk who oversaw the production of 400-year-old Chartreuse liqueur by the Carthusian Order in France—says that the traditions of alchemy, distilling, and the search for the Holy Grail are all inextricably linked.
Al Sotack
7.13.15
Drugs

The Pope Is Dying to Chew Coca Leaves in Bolivia

The Bishop of Rome and Sovereign of Vatican City has run into a bit of trouble as of late, after Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao revealed that Pope Francis "specifically requested" coca leaves to chew on during his upcoming visit to the...
Alex Swerdloff
7.8.15
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