Keyword: iconoclasm

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  • Amazing 6th Century Church Uncovered in Rome

    04/02/2016 3:58:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 30, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    After 30 years and millions of dollars of restoration, 1500-year-old Santa Maria Antiqua, buried beneath the Roman Forum by an earthquake in 847, has finally reopened to the public, and it is stunning: “This church is the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” Maria Andaloro, an art historian involved in the project, told Reuters. “It collected the very best of figurative culture of the Christian world between Rome and Byzantium.” Being buried by the earthquake saved the church from being altered in later centuries, particularly during the Counter-Reformation, said Prof Andaloro. Among the most significant frescoes is a depiction...
  • Louis Armstrong plays Dixie

    06/23/2015 7:21:32 PM PDT · by cmj328 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 20th Century America | Louis Armstrong
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  • Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral c. 1926

    06/25/2009 1:24:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 499+ views
    cmr ^ | June 25, 2009
    CMR readers who know Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral might be interested in this historic photo from the Mass held there for the famous 1926 International Eucharistic Congress (click image for larger view). The extraordinary decorations include not only the banners, the draped fabrics and swags of flowers, but also the turning of the front rows of pews in choir arrangement. The photo also shows many of the features of the cathedral before its renovation in 1969, including the stone pulpitm, the high altar and some of the murals. Holy Name as it exists today is shown below.
  • On Theodore the Studite

    05/27/2009 6:28:23 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 27, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On Theodore the Studite "An Important Virtue Is Love for Work" VATICAN CITY, MAY 27, 2009 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, part of a catechetical series he is giving about great writers of the Church in the Middle Ages. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, The saint that we find today, St. Theodore the Studite, brings us to a period that from the religious and political point of view was rather turbulent. St. Theodore was born in the year 759 to a noble...
  • Image In Hospital Brings Some To Tears, Prompts E-Mails Hospital Calls It An Unexplained Image

    04/15/2008 11:26:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 294 replies · 371+ views
    Local 6 TV ^ | 4/15/08
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- An unexplained image in a hospital prayer garden window moved some people to tears and drew groups of people to a hallway before vanishing, according to witnesses. A crowd inside the Florida Hospital Medical Complex in Orlando snapped photos of the image apparently showing the profile of Jesus Christ crying. "There was just a whole bunch of people putting their cell phones to the window, so I went over there and I saw a glow," witness Joel Cruzada said. "When you are standing there and there is a flurry of people talking about it, you are like,...
  • Houston church vandalized twice during Holy Week

    03/27/2008 1:40:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies · 560+ views
    CNA ^ | 3/27/2008
    Houston, Mar 27, 2008 / 02:22 am (CNA).- During Holy Week a Catholic church in Houston was targeted by iconoclastic vandals who in separate incidents damaged two statues of the Virgin Mary and sprayed an anti-Catholic slur on the church building. One vandal painted an apparent threat expressing a belief that Catholics worship idols.The incidents took place during services on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday at All Saints Catholic Church, the Houston Chronicle reports. After the 12:30 p.m. Palm Sunday Mass parishioners noticed that a four-foot tall marble statue of Our Lady of Lourdes had been pulled from its...
  • I (Heart) America: Are Images Making Us Illiterate?

    07/20/2007 5:01:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 62 replies · 1,520+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 7/19/2007 | Chuck Colson
    Are Americans gradually becoming illiterate? Its not because we never learned to read, but because were relying more and more on images instead of words. A debate about this recently broke out on The PointBreakPoints blog site. One of the BreakPoint staff wrote about the frustrations of test-driving a new car: There were many buttons and knobs with pictures on them instead of words, she wrote. What did they do? One of them had a picture with a big X painted over it, as if someone had made a mistake and crossed it out. Response from our blog readers was...
  • Author claims art depicting Gods Son is sinful

    06/22/2007 11:44:00 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies · 610+ views
    The Times and Democrat ^ | June 22, 2007 | WENDY JEFFCOAT CRIDER
    Justin Griffin of Columbia started losing his vision as a senior in high school, the same year he professed his faith in the Lord. My plans for me in high school were to graduate, join the military and become a professional soldier, he said. I had no love of God. I had no love of people. Basically, I was my own God. A victim of retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary disease of the retina of the eye, Griffin said he didnt view his failing vision as a curse. When the blindness came, I looked on it as a blessing, said the...
  • The First Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of Orthodoxy [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/24/2007 12:05:49 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 11 replies · 349+ views
    The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy." Historical Background The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy regarding icons and their place in Orthodox worship. It was convened in Nicaea in 787 by Empress...
  • Swedish museum to remove suicide bomber posters

    01/21/2004 7:42:56 AM PST · by veronica · 17 replies · 259+ views
    AP/Haaretz ^ | 01-21-04 | Staff
    STOCKHOLM - A Swedish museum official said Tuesday that he will remove posters for an art exhibition that sparked a diplomatic spat with Israel, but said the display at the root of the controversy will remain. The man in charge of the exhibition at the Museum of National Antiquities said he will take down posters showing a Palestinian suicide bomber that were posted in 26 subway stations throughout Stockholm to advertise the exhibit. "This is a personal decision where I as an artistic leader take full responsibility of removing and replacing the posters," Thomas Nordanstad said. Israeli Ambassador Zvi Mazel...