architecture
Does This Geometric Church Look Like a 'Stegosaurus Doing Yoga'?

The aptly-named 100 Walls Church in Cebu, Philippines, is like an architectural Rorschach test: from far away, it looks like shards of shale rock rearranged by an extreme rationalist. Up close, it's something closer to an oversized geometric maze. CAZA Architects, who designed the building, describe it on their site as "a Stegosaurus doing yoga." Namaste. Read More >>

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Church of England Issues the Nine Commandments of Twitter Behaviour

We're not sure if these Twitter commandments have actually come from God via the CofE or are just the work of a social media intern, so take them with a tablet of salt. What the list of nine Social Media Guidelines does offer, though, is the church's take on how staff (and everyone else) can avoid getting outed on Newsnight for being stupid online. Read More >>

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How a Giant Replica of the Vatican Ended Up in a Small African City

Construction on the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, the largest church on earth, started 28 years ago in the small Ivory Coast city of Yamoussoukro. Planned by then-president Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who led the country through two decades of economic boomtime known as the "Ivorian miracle," the church would be a monument—to God, but also to himself. Read More >>

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Jesus Cast the First Tweet, Says Vatican Cardinal

Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has compared the words of Jesus to today's modern tweeting universe, suggesting that God's special agent used short, brief sentences to get his words across to his followers better. A bit like if he was on Twitter. Read More >>

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Kindly Vicar Swaps Wine for Grape Juice to Make Alcoholics Welcome

A considerate local vicar has risked incurring the wrath of God for daring to alter the communion ritual, by offering grape juice instead of wine so the alcoholics in his congregation don't feel left out of the church's free food and drink ritual. Read More >>

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Man Steals Computer From Church, Asks If They'll Remove Porn Block

Stealing computers is bad—everybody already knows that. And stealing from a church (or any non-profit institution for that matter) is extra bad. But if you must steal a computer from a church—especially one you're a member of—don't call up the software blocking company and ask if they'll remove the porn filter. As Troy Ridling of Owasso, Oklahoma found out the hard way, you're not going to like the answer. Read More >>

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Man Finds Severed Ear Lying In Churchyard

Picture this: You're walking through a churchyard, minding your own business, when you stumble across something squishy on the ground. Your dog is chewing on it, so it must be tasty. You bend down to get a closer look, and... holy-hell it's a human ear! Read More >>

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New Archbishop of Canterbury Ordained by Dave on Twitter

The modernisation of the Church of England continues, with the new Archbishop of Canterbury being announced via the very modern medium of Twitter. By David Cameron on his little iPad app, no less. Read More >>

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Norwich Cathedral Turned Into Massive Broadband Router

Broadband out in the sticks has always been a bit of a sticky problem: the infrastructure's expensive, but residents aren't always willing to pony up way over the odds for a bit of iPlayer. Now, though, there's a new plan to harness the spiritual power of the Church of England to bring more than just goodwill to the people of Norfolk. Read More >>

architecture
An 18th Century Spanish Church Gets a Thoroughly Modern Makeover

The crumbling centuries-old Sant Francesc Church and Convent, built in the first part of the Eighteenth Century in the Catalan town of Santpedor, was saved from near demolition, instead receiving a super modern makeover by Catalan architect David Closes. [Inhabitat] Read More >>

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"Creative Eucharist" Encouraging Worship via the Medium of PlayStation3

Exeter Cathedral is totally getting down with the youth sector, offering a one-off gaming themed night of religious entertainment that'll use cult PS3 title Flower as the centrepiece of the holy experience. Read More >>

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Church of England Bins Hundreds of Years of History to Go Paperless

The Church of England is looking to update the processes it uses when testing new applicants to the Ordained Ministry, replacing a centuries-old paper test and filing system with a new fangled computer. Read More >>

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65-Foot-High Lego Church Is Really a Party Cathedral

Rejoice! For the Church of the Holy Brick is here. Called Abondantus Gigantus, it was built in 2011 around a 65-foot (20-meter) spire for the Grenswerk Festival, in the town of Enschede, Netherlands. Read More >>

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Church Reconsidering Internet Investments, Due to Porn

Did you know the Church of England has a £5.3 billion investment portfolio? And some of that cash is invested in ISPs? Which means the Church is therefore inadvertently funding the nation's addiction to hardcore porn. Read More >>

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