✣ With Fulton Sheen’s beatification now scheduled for December 21 (see page 10), and Christmas around the corner, a company has spotted an opportunity. SockReligious, a US-based Catholic outlet, is selling Sheen-themed socks for $14 a pair. The socks depict Sheen in front of a microphone – an allusion to the medium through which he became a household name – and with a Monstrance behind him, in reference to the archbishop’s advice to make Holy Hours before the Blessed Sacrament. “The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host,” he once said. SockReligious recommend that you “Slip these socks on your feet to be reminded to share your gifts with the world, while keeping Christ at the centre!”
✣ Kanye West’s dramatic embrace of Christianity isn’t the only example of world-famous musicians singing about God. Coldplay’s new album Everyday Life contains a song called Church and another track – according to a review in the Times – is “a slice of what sounds like Christian folk, a churchy, choral hymnal”. However, singer Chris Martin told the Times that while he thinks “God is love”, the God he believes in is “wider” than the Christian God.