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1 posted on 12/04/2008 1:04:23 PM PST by Frankusa
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To: Frankusa

Tapped phone calls? Where is the ICLU looking out for the rights of these poor unfortunates?


2 posted on 12/04/2008 1:06:30 PM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Frankusa

Wanting to is one thing, I am curious if they had the means to do it or if it was just a plan.


3 posted on 12/04/2008 1:06:35 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Frankusa

Well well... islamothugs, peace activists... what’s the difference.


4 posted on 12/04/2008 1:06:46 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light! WE STAND WITH HER!)
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


5 posted on 12/04/2008 1:07:20 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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To: Frankusa

Between Islmofascists and millitant gays no churches are safe. What a world we live in.


6 posted on 12/04/2008 1:07:58 PM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: Frankusa
The two belonged to an Islamic terror cell

I'm shocked!
7 posted on 12/04/2008 1:08:44 PM PST by Deo volente (On January 20, 2009 America moves to DEFCON 2.)
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To: Frankusa

‘kay.

If even ONE western Cathedral is touched, take out that shoebox they worship in Mecca.


8 posted on 12/04/2008 1:09:35 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: Frankusa
They hoped an attack during the busy holiday would cost dozens of lives.

Well, it's a Church in Europe, and it seats about 40,000, so they're probably about right when they say dozens. Maybe they should have found a bar with a soccer game on instead.

Owl_Eagle

“When the stock market crashed,
Franklin Roosevelt got on the television
and didn’t just talk about
the princes of greed, he said,
‘Look, here’s what happened.’"
-Slow Joe Biden

9 posted on 12/04/2008 1:10:34 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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10 posted on 12/04/2008 1:11:36 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), Milan

"What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful!" --Mark Twain


The Duomo and an equestrian statue at sunset. Photo by Gianni D.


The Duomo in all its pointy, Gothic glory by night. Photo by waldopepper.

Milan Duomo
Il Duomo at Christmas 2001, before renovations. Photo © Angelo Cesare.

Milan Duomo in HDR
East side of the Duomo, with choir windows. Photo by Ben Zibble.

Milan Duomo under renovations  
Facade in September 2004 and facade as of July 2006. Left photo by the
disappointed author; right photo by Ben Zibble.


Roof of Milan Cathedral
Strolling on the roof of the second-largest Catholic cathedral in the world.
Photo by Dirk Huijssoon.


Milan Duomo interior
A view down Duomo's huge nave. Photo by Ben Zibble.


Great pillars, side aisle and side altar. Photo by Ben Zibble.


View of the choir. Photo by Dave Chiu.

Milan Duomo stained glass window
Choir window. Photo by Dysanovic.


The Duomo di Milano is one of the most famous buildings in Europe. It is a particularly large and elaborate Gothic cathedral on the main square in the city center of Milan, Italy. It is also the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world.

History of the Duomo

The street plan of Milan, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, indicates that the Duomo occupied the most important site in Roman Mediolanum.

Saint Ambrose's "New Basilica" was built on this site at the beginning of the 5th century, with an adjoining basilica added in 836. When fire damaged both buildings in 1075, they were rebuilt as the Duomo.

In 1386 the archbishop, Antonio da Saluzzo, began the new project in a rayonnant Late Gothic style that is more characteristic of France than Italy. Work proceeded for generations.

The main spire was topped off in 1762 with a polychrome statue of the Madonna, to whom the Duomo and its predecessor have always been consecrated.

Even now, some uncarved blocks remain to be completed as statuary. Gothic construction on the rest of the Duomo was largely complete in the 1880s.

The Duomo has been under major renovations and cleaning for several years, obscuring the glorious facade with scaffolding. Works should be completed sometime in 2007.

Exploring Milan's Duomo

Milan's Duomo is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world: only the cathedral of Seville is larger (St. Peter's Basilica in Rome doesn't count because it's not a cathedral). It is 157 meters long— 40,000 people can fit comfortably within.

The Duomo of Milan blurs the normal distinctions between Gothic and neo-Gothic, for the Gothic west front was begun in 1616 and completed 200 years later. Only in its details does it reveal its Baroque and Neo-Classical date. From 1900 some of the least Gothic details of the facade were replaced in a more Gothic style to designs of Giuseppe Brentano.

The roofline dissolves into openwork pinnacles that are punctuated by a grove of spires, topped with statues that overlook the city. The main spire is 109 meters high. These can all be investigated up close on a breathtaking walk on the roof.

The huge building is made of brick faced with marble from the quarries that Gian Galeazzo Visconti donated in perpetuity to the cathedral chapter. Its maintenance and repairs are complex.

The cathedral's five wide naves are reflected in the hierarchic openings of the facade. Even the transepts have aisles. The great windows of the choir are reputed to be the largest in the world.

The Duomo also contians many treasures that can be viewed by visitors, including ivories, sacred vases in gold and silver, vestments and tapestries, most of which have been denoted by noblemen and princes over the centuries.

Mark Twain, a greast fan of the Duomo, can take over the description (from Innocents Abroad) from here:

What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems ...a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!...

The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures-- and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex, that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest...everywhere that a niche or a perch can be found about the enormous building, from summit to base, there is a marble statue, and every statue is a study in itself...

Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond. ...(Up on) the roof...springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance...We could see, now, that the statue on the top of each was the size of a large man, though they all looked like dolls from the street...

They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter's at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.


Courtesy of zouhengfu.blog.sohu.com
11 posted on 12/04/2008 1:13:26 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Frankusa

Don’t they know Obama won.

All terrorism can cease now....


12 posted on 12/04/2008 1:13:40 PM PST by NeoCaveman (posting from the office of the bitter clingers)
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To: Frankusa
The guy has "lived in Italy since he was 10."

I guess he's just another "peaceful" Muslim wishing to share his own version of "Merry Christmas" with the faithful in Italy.

13 posted on 12/04/2008 1:14:21 PM PST by zerosix
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ARTICLE SNIPPET:

"Two Moroccans arrested in Italy yesterday wanted to blow up the Milan Cathedral on Christmas."

16 posted on 12/04/2008 1:26:02 PM PST by Cindy
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Islamic

Why does this word keep coming up when terror cells are mentioned?


21 posted on 12/04/2008 1:40:38 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (NEVER FORGET TREASON!)
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Why are there never any plots to blow up the Al Asqa mosque which sits like a hemorrhoid on the Temple Mount?


23 posted on 12/04/2008 1:42:02 PM PST by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: 1rudeboy

I rudeboy, the cathedral was designed to accommodate 40,000 worshipers.[http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/milancath/duomo.html]
Owl_Eagle is correct: They probably would killed a lot more than dozens - had they been successful.


26 posted on 12/04/2008 1:51:42 PM PST by Frankusa
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But, it’s the Religion of Peace, donchaknow.


32 posted on 12/04/2008 2:34:36 PM PST by OpusatFR (Neither Republican or Democrat. Monarchist with allegience to The Only One.)
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"That's the second largest cathedral I've ever seen!"

35 posted on 12/04/2008 3:02:18 PM PST by john in springfield
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All humor on the cathedral’s size aside, it shows how thoroughly evil these people are. They’d like to blow up a cathedral AT CHRISTMASTIME, and murder hundreds of church-goers.

How pathetic and sick.


36 posted on 12/04/2008 3:04:07 PM PST by john in springfield
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This according to tapped phone calls

Oh, no! They've invaded the privacy of these poor men!

38 posted on 12/04/2008 3:28:48 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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