Stanford gets a chaplain for atheists
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

Figdor, 28, is one of a growing number of faith-free chaplains at universities, in the military and in the community who believe that nonbelievers can benefit from just about everything religion offers except God

A ‘dad’ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children
Hannah Furness, The Telegraph

A ‘dad’ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children with youngsters happy to forgo the latest iPad, toy or new pet, a survey has found.

Pope Pardons Gabriele, Appoints American as Promoter of Justice
Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

Pope Benedict XVI has today granted a Christmas pardon to Paolo Gabriele, his former valet who has been serving an eighteen month jail sentence for leaking confidential papal documents.

British politician: ‘consider compulsory abortion’ for Downs babies
Hillary White, LifeSiteNews

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a candidate after an uproar when he wrote that it should be mandatory to kill all disabled unborn children.