Lunchtime Links: December 23, 2009

  • Perhaps you want to consider taking Andrew Trapp with you as an advisor on your next trip to Las Vegas. The 28-year-old priest won $100,000 in a nationally televised poker competition.
  • D’oh! Now this is something you wouldn’t necessarily expect – “The Simpsons” being hailed in the official Vatican newspaper as accurate reflection of modern spirituality.
  • A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & the Public Life points to the deepest faith commitments overwhelmingly coming from the South.
  • The chief justice of Brazil has granted custody to a New Jersey father in a long-running battle to bring his son back to the United States.
  • Abortion remains a key sticking point as Democrats in the House and Senate look at conferencing on health care reform legislation.
  • Serena Williams may be best remembered in 2009 for her profanity-laced tirade at a U.S. Open official, but her victories in two of the year’s majors at the Australian Open and Wimbledon helped earn her AP Female Athlete of the Year honors.

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