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  • BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks [and podcasts coming]

    10/22/2017 7:23:45 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at Catholic News Agency
    Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm (CNA).- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews to capture a lifestyle normally hidden from the public’s eye. A three episode mini-series called “Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery,” the broadcast will explore the life of three different abbeys: Downside, Belmont, and Pluscarden. Produced without a narrator, the series aims to portray the quiet contemplation of the monks’ daily routines using only the natural sounds of the monasteries. Viewers will be able to experience the sights and sounds of meals,...
  • Buddhists Do Not Like Muslims

    02/04/2017 7:37:14 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    A story that has not received much attention, is the growing hostility towards Muslims by Buddhists in Thailand and Burma. After the killing of 20 Buddhist monks by Muslims, a leading Thai Buddhist monk called for Buddhists to defend themselves against Muslims http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/prominent-buddhist-monk/2497804.html
  • Myanmar extremist Buddhist monk Wirathu calls UN envoy 'a whore'

    01/20/2015 5:43:49 PM PST · by Viennacon · 15 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 1/19/2015 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    Myanmar's ultra-nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu has called the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Burma a "whore" during a public address in Yangon. The leader of the controversial 969 nationalist movement hit back at Yanghee Lee for an earlier comment in defence of the stateless Rohingya Muslims, who are persecuted in the country's western Rakhine state. "We have already made public our Race Protection Law, but without even studying it, this bitch [kaungma in Burmese] keeps on complaining about how it is against human rights!" Wirathu shouted. "Can this whore really be from a respectable family background?" he asked...
  • Two Dead as Gunman Storms Catholic Monk Retirement Home in France

    11/24/2016 4:11:46 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 24 Nov 2016 | Breitbart
    Gendarmes stand guard on a road near a retirement home for monks in Montferrier-sur-Lez, southern France, early on November 25, 2016, after an armed man burst in the home killing a woman with a knife. Armed police were hunting the man inside the home, which is home to around 70 men and women who have served as missionaries in Africa. Authorities said it was a "criminal act".(Photo credit PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) Two people are believed to be dead and around 70 were held hostage at a retirement home for Catholic Monks in Montpellier in the South of France. According to...
  • Bikini-clad sports grads combat monks to become rafting lifesavers in China

    06/20/2016 1:41:28 PM PDT · by DFG · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/20/2016 | Tracy You
    A Chinese rafting attraction has established a team of bikini-clad lifeguards to ensure the safety of its visitors and accompany solo tourists to enjoy the water sport. To become a member of the 'Goddess Lifesavers' at Gulongxia Rafting in southern China, candidates must wear bikinis and combat kung fu masters before being recruited. Pictures emerged from the media showed a team of keen applicants practising martial arts skills with monks from China's famous Shaolin Temple on June 17 at the attraction in Guangdong Province, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • The Ladder of Heavenly Unity: St Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

    12/07/2015 6:23:34 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Greek American Girl ^ | 11-02-2015 | Greek American Girl
    The Ladder of Heavenly UnityMoses approached the divine fire of the Burning Bush with the footsteps of his mind bare, completely free from any human trains of thought, wrote Saint Maximos the Confessor. Continuing Orthodox monasticism’s oldest unbroken tradition, Sinai monks still liturgize, shoeless, over the roots of the Burning Bush. On the holy ground where Moses was commanded to remove his sandals – together with all earthly logic – monks turn diversity’s polarizing forces to unity – some of the ways St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai brings Byzantium’s patristic spirit into the modern era as living tradition.One need look...
  • Seinfeld Liberals

    06/27/2005 7:58:15 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 209 replies · 5,039+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 6/26/05 | Ed Lasky
    Seinfeld was a television marvel. Perhaps the most successful situation comedy series of all time, it ran from 1989 to 1998, and has become an omnipresent aspect of our lives as it continually runs in syndication and lives on in best-selling DVD box sets, making fortunes in the hundred millions for both of its co-creators. But there is yet another facet of Seinfeld at which we can marvel: the cast of characters on the show weirdly foreshadowed the rise to prominence of a large component of the dominant urban liberal wing of the Democratic Party. With a nod to Brian...
  • Happy New Year, Mr. Soros

    12/31/2007 1:45:17 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 12 replies · 357+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | December 31, 2007 | George H. Wittman
    The pictures shown on television in August and September '07 were clear, despite the efforts of the Burmese police to restrict coverage: Hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist monks marched in front of an even larger number of mostly young men. Repeatedly they were challenged by security forces and dispersed, first with batons, then tear gas and rubber bullets, and finally gunfire. -- snip -- As it turns out, George Soros and his Open Society Institute contracted with professional trainers to instruct Burmese dissidents. -- snip -- According to the Soros mentality and political theory, the invasion of Iraq to depose the...
  • Benedictine monks top Andrea Bocelli on the best-selling album charts

    07/20/2015 11:04:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    romereports.com ^ | 2015-07-17 | staff
    ou are listening to one of the 33 songs from the album "Benedicta.” Those voices belong to the Benedictine monks of Norcia, and they are singing sweet words and pious prayers to the Virgin Mary. The album begins like this. Those are bells from their monastery. When they stop ringing, the monks intone responses and hymns in the grand tradition of Gregorian chant. They provide for many of their community's needs with profits from sales.
  • Fake Buddhist monks are the new squeegee men of New York

    06/14/2015 11:11:17 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    nypost.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Melissa Klein and Stephanie Pagones
    They’re holy terrors. Bands of beggars dressed like Buddhist monks have invaded the High Line and other city parks, demanding upwards of $40 from tourists — and officials are fed up. One High Line visitor handed over $5 last week, but it wasn’t good enough. “He tried to get $20,” she told The Post. Another monk’s zen demeanor dissolved after he got just a buck in exchange for the cheap plastic bracelet he proffered.
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthew’s Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • Monks bring Trappist art of beer-making to the United States

    05/21/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 21, 2015 | Chaz Muth
    Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS) Two members spent six months learning the art in BelgiumA Trappist brewery has opened for the first time in the United States.The new brew, Spencer Trappist Ale, is made at St Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, by Cistercian, or Trappist, monks who wear the distinctive black and white habit.Brother Jonah Pociadlo told Catholic News Service: “It’s got a wonderful smell to it. I hesitate to describe it, because it’s something I think is pretty subjective. But I can almost taste it without it even touching my lips.”The association requires...
  • ‘You have not been helpful’: Monk loses temper dealing with United Airlines customer service

    01/04/2015 7:38:30 AM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/3/15 | By Michael Walsh
    Brother Noah of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico says he failed to stay peaceful while dealing with United Airlines on the phone, the New York Times reported. “I said to her something like: ‘Thank you for speaking. God bless you. I will pray for you. But you have not been helpful,’” he told the broadsheet. When David Segal, author of "The Haggler" column, suggested this did not sound like much of an outburst, Brother Noah said he knows the tone of his voice “manifested anger.”
  • How Catholic Monks Made the West Rich

    12/11/2014 4:20:39 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 20 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | Enza Ferreri
    Why is the West richer than other parts of the world? What creates wealth? The scientific journal Science Nordic reports that a new PhD thesis tries to find an answer to these questions, very topical in times of bailouts and double-dip recessions and very challenging for economists, in Medieval history. And it discovers that it was the Roman Catholic order of Cistercian Monks that left a long-lasting legacy of cultivation of the virtues which made the West prosperous. ...One of the clues the thesis follows begins in France in 1098, when a breakaway group of monks formed a new...
  • The Monks of the Abbey of St Mary Magdalene

    10/04/2014 10:07:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Regina ^ | Bridget Green
    Father Cyril is a monk of the monastery of Le Barroux in Provence.These cloistered Benedictines in this remote mountain hamlet of 615 souls have grown so rapidly in recent decades that they have outgrown their (new) quarters – and still the young vocations keep coming. In this revealing interview, Pere Cyril takes us into the story of his vocation and the lives of the more than 60 monks in this extraordinary monastery, the Abbey of St Mary Magdalene. What attracted you to the cloistered life? I was drawn to the cloistered life by the desire for a true interior life...
  • ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

    07/24/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Frances Martel
    The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. According to the Agence France-Presse, the monastery, a famous landmark of early Christianity, is now fully in the hands of ISIS jihadists ... The monastery itself is one of the oldest monuments in the history of Christianity
  • St. Joseph Abbey monks can legally sell caskets (SCOTUS rejects LA funeral dir board rq for hearing

    10/19/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    nola ^ | October 15, 2013 | Heather Nolan
    The St. Joseph Abbey monks will be able to legally sell handcrafted caskets from their St. Tammany Parish monastery near Covington after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Louisiana's board of funeral directors to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed the monks to sell caskets without a funeral director's license."We're just happy to know that our economic liberty has been protected, and we're also happy to know that maybe we've helped secure the rights of others," Abbot Justin Brown said of the Supreme Court's decision. "It's a good feeling. It does...hopefully put this issue to rest."The Louisiana...
  • Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction [tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs]

    07/29/2013 4:47:24 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 27 replies
    greekreporter.com ^ | Monday 29 July 2013 | Andy Dabilis
    Mt. Athos Monks Battle Police Over Eviction By Andy Dabilis on July 29, 2013 in News  87  16    2  213 An earlier clash between the Mt. Athos monks and police Angry monks at the Esphigmenou Monastery in the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece, refusing to obey an eviction order, tossed Molotov Cocktails and rocks at bailiffs attempting to serve them on July 29, chasing them off the premises of the famed peninsula.“The monks of Esphigmenou Monastery who are in the residential quarters and are in a defense position to defend it, threw some objects from inside...
  • 969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma

    05/04/2013 10:24:54 AM PDT · by csvset · 72 replies
    France24 ^ | 03/05/2013 | Aung Rangoon / Ko Moe Myint
    ‘969’: The three digits that are terrifying Muslims in Burma This photo shows the cover of two CDs with the '969' logo at the top. On the far right is the monk Wirathu, the leader of the '969' campaign. The CD is titled "Monks' teachings: How to protect our religion and nation." Photo courtesy of MMedia. Brightly-coloured posters and stickers bearing the number "969" are popping up in cities all over Burma. These look innocuous enough at first glance. However, “969” actually denotes an anti-Islam campaign led by hardliner Buddhist monks. Burmese Muslims say it has stirred up hatred and...
  • This Side of Eden: A True Feast for the Senses (Westminster Abbey, Hamilton BC)

    03/30/2013 7:14:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Salt and Light ^ | March 29, 2013 | Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
    On a hill overlooking the Fraser Valley in Mission, British Columbia is a remarkable center of life, prayer, work, hope, and peace known as Westminster Abbey. Considered to be Mission's most famous landmark, with its striking bell tower and austere yet modern church, this renowned Benedictine monastery attracts thousands of visitors annually. Why do so many people make the journey up the hill in such great numbers? What are they seeking? Whom are they seeking?Monasticism, though still a curiosity, is more and more an attractive curiosity. Monasticism sinks its roots into the real world of God by seeking an...