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  • Our Outdated Constitution

    The media’s wall-to-wall coverage of Donald Trump and the presidential horserace is a distraction from the main event. The point of the horserace—and of all politics—is to run a government capable of dealing effectively with the nation’s problems. But effective government is precisely what we don’t have. America’s greatest challenge is that it is burdened by a government that doesn’t work, and indeed is dysfunctional. Why is the nation so poorly governed? This is the question that we address in our new book, Relic. What we show is that the fundamentals of an answer can be traced to the Constitution—which,...
  • Tuscany's Excalibur Is The Real Thing, Say Scientists

    09/24/2001 7:46:55 PM PDT · by blam · 53 replies · 2,702+ views
    The Observer ^ | 9-16-2001 | Rory Carroll
    Tuscany's Excalibur is the real thing, say scientists Rory Carroll in Rome Sunday September 16, 2001 The Observer The sword of St Galgano, said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight, has been authenticated, bolstering Italy's version of the Excalibur legend. Galgano Guidotti, a noble from Chiusdano, near Siena, allegedly split the stone with his sword in 1180 after renouncing war to become a hermit. For centuries the sword was assumed to be a fake. but research revealed last week has dated its metal to the twelfth century. Only the hilt, wooden grip and ...
  • Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery To Be Unearthed

    03/02/2004 7:24:15 PM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 1,553+ views
    Discovery ^ | 3-1-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Tuscan 'Excalibur' Mystery to be Unearthed By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News The Sword in The Stone March 1, 2004 — Archaeological digging might soon unveil the mystery surrounding a sword buried in a Gothic abbey in Tuscany, Italian researchers announced. Known as the "sword in the stone," the Tuscan "Excalibur" is said to have been plunged into a rock in 1180 by Galgano Guidotti, a medieval knight who renounced war and worldly goods to become a hermit. Built in Galgano's memory, the evocative Gothic abbey at Montesiepi, near the city of Siena, still preserves the sword in a little chapel....
  • The Sword in the Stone at the Monte Siepi Chapel

    12/08/2015 11:55:37 AM PST · by Talisker · 47 replies
    Historic Mysteries ^ | JULY 26, 2011 | Shelly Barclay
    Judging by a real artifact, the sword in the stone legend may be partially based on true events. No one pulled a sword from a stone and went on to become a king, as far as we know. In fact, the sword that exists in reality rather than legend is still stuck in its stone. However, there is no denying that such a sword exists. The stone and sword in question are located at Monte Siepi Chapel in the San Galgano Abbey in Tuscany. The abbey is in Italy and the history of it has naught to do with England....
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCC’s First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 23 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Origins of Mysterious World Trade Center Ship Revealed

    07/29/2014 5:49:18 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    Yahoo UK News ^ | 29th July 2014 | Megan Gannon
    'In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood. At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship. Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more,...
  • Is this the Holy Grail?

    04/01/2014 11:54:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 1, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Just in time for Easter, from The New York Daily News: Two historians claim the search for the Holy Grail is over.The famous cup used by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper was identified in a book written by Margarita Torres Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, titled “Kings of the Grail” and published last week, as the jewel-encrusted goblet on display at the San Isidro Basilica in the northwestern Spanish city of Leon.News of the discovery caused masses of people to flock to the historic church to view the precious chalice – forcing the operators of the museum to pull...
  • WWII Fighter Plane Hailed the 'Aviation Equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' Found Preserved (Sahara)

    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
    WWII fighter plane hailed the 'aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb' found preserved in the Sahara A Second World War aeroplane that crash landed in the Sahara Desert before the British pilot walked to his death has been found almost perfectly preserved 70 years later. Most of its cockpit instruments are intact and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military. There are also signs of the makeshift camp the pilot made alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot may lie within a 20 mile radius...
  • Did the hand of God filch the heart of O'Toole?

    03/07/2012 5:17:38 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 12 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | March 7, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Did God enlist some creep to steal a religious relic? It wouldn’t be the first time the Almighty used an infidel to do his bidding. Pagan Cyrus of Persia released long-enslaved Jews, enabling them to return to Jerusalem in 537 BC. The preserved 834 year-old heart of St. Laurence O’Toole (AD 1128-1180) disappeared Saturday from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland and one has to wonder if God’s sovereignty was at work behind the scenes of that seemingly dastardly act. The Almighty is known for His slash-and-burn attitude toward icons and idols, knowing that such lifeless items steal the affections,...
  • Christ's 'True Face' Relic Found in Tenn. Thief's Closet

    08/22/2011 5:17:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8-6-11 | Anugrah Kumar
    Police in a small Tennessee town have salvaged a rare painting of supposedly the true face of Jesus from a thief who was trying to sell it to a church. The 150-year-old painting, a Catholic relic based on the “Veil of Veronica,” had been stolen and dumped in a closet for years by a thief, identified as Kelly Ghormley, before she approached a church in Madisonville to sell it, Daily Mail reported Friday. According to legend, when a follower named Veronica from Jerusalem encountered Jesus on the way to Calvary and wiped sweat off His face with her veil, Christ’s...
  • Shroud of Turin

    The authenticity Shroud of Turin has been the most debated of Christian relics in history. Many believe this is the burial shroud of Jesus. Some dismiss it out of hand because of their religious or philosophical beliefs about God. Some Protestants are wary of they perceive as a “Catholic” relic. But what if it is real? What if it is an authentic archaeological piece?
  • Police recover relic stolen from Boston cathedral [Catholic Caucus]

    08/17/2010 5:50:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2010
    Boston, Mass., Aug 16, 2010 / 07:54 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Boston declared Monday that the prayers of its faithful were answered after a relic of the True Cross that was stolen from the Cathedral of Holy Cross earlier this month was found in rural Vermont. “Our prayers have been answered as the Relic of the True Cross has been recovered,” the Archdiocese of Boston said in its statement. “God has blessed us with His love and capacity to forgive.  We prayerfully carry on His call for forgiveness for those responsible.”The splinter of wood from the cross, encapsulated in a...
  • Relic of cross, stolen from Boston church, recovered in Vermont

    08/16/2010 12:55:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 1 replies
    boston. ^ | August 16, 2010 | Lisa Wangsness
    A splinter of wood that Catholics consider to be a relic of the cross on which Jesus was crucified and that had been stolen from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross earlier this summer, has turned up in rural Vermont, the Archdiocese of Boston and the Vermont State Police confirmed today. The relic, one of the Archdiocese of Boston's oldest and most treasured possessions, was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. on June 30 and 8 a.m. on July 1 from the base of a crucifix that hung in the cathedral's Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It is still not clear who stole...
  • Relic of St. Mary Magdalene to visit U.S. [Catholic Caucus]

    10/16/2009 4:48:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 624+ views
    cna ^ | October 16, 2009
    The reliquary containing the tibia of St. Mary Magdalene Irondale, Ala., Oct 16, 2009 / 06:19 am (CNA).- A French priest has brought a relic of St. Mary Magdalene on its first visit to the United States to share the story of the relic and the saint who is recorded as the first witness of the Resurrection.Fr. Thomas Michelet, a Dominican priest, is touring with the permission of Bishop Dominique Rey of Frejus-Toulon, the relic’s home, EWTN reports.A letter of authentication from Bishop Rey reports that the relics were hidden at the time of the Saracen invasions and rediscovered...
  • In Annapolis, a miracle worthy of sainthood?

    06/30/2009 8:07:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 763+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 28, 2009 | Arthur Hirsch
    The treatment for terminal cancer that Annapolis resident Mary Ellen Heibel took at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004 and early 2005 worked beyond anyone's wildest hopes, wiping out malignant tumors in her lungs, liver, stomach and chest. Her doctor did not expect it, nor could he explain it. Surely the outcome was remarkable, but was it - in the sense applied by the Roman Catholic Church in such cases - a miracle? In a few weeks, a committee appointed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore will begin exploring that question, examining 11 witnesses, including Heibel, pressing her doctors, nurses and friends...
  • Catholic relic (of St. Therese of the Child Jesus) nicked from Toronto church [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2009 4:19:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 861+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | June 17, 2009 | Teresa Smith
    A Catholic Church in Toronto is hoping for a miracle — that the thief who stole a saint's relic will have a change of heart and return the holy object. The relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, patron saint of missions, is a small piece of her body — about the size of a quarter — which could have easily fit in the pocket of the thief. Jane Fleming, spokeswoman for St. Michael's Catholic Church, said the thief may have pretended to be praying at the saint's shrine while he or she removed the relic's Plexiglas cover and stole it...
  • Spiritual gift, Paterson Catholic gets relic of 1st U.S.-Born Saint (Catholic Caucus)

    01/12/2009 12:00:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 621+ views ^ | 01.06.09 | KAREN KELLER
    PATERSON — The city's only Roman Catholic high school has gained a religious relic from the body of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, born in 1774. (As Principal Richard Garibell, second from right, watches, students at Paterson Catholic Regional High School check out the bone fragment of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the ancient coin collection that Angel Diaz, right, and his wife donated to the school. Below, a close-up view of the Seton relic.) The gift has special significance in its new home in the school chapel: Seton was also the woman who founded the...
  • Relic thieves? All we took from Egypt was a cheap souvenir, says couple thrown into cells[UK]

    11/01/2008 6:40:49 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 681+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 02 Nov 2008 | Liz Todd
    It should have been a luxury break in the Caribbean sun. Having forked out Ł3,500 on a three-week holiday in St Lucia, retired policeman Anthony Griffin and his wife Pauline were naturally excited as their plane touched down. However, as they passed through immigration, Mr Griffin was stopped and told there was an international warrant for his arrest over the theft of Egyptian artefacts. Instead of booking in to a plush hotel the couple say they were separated and thrown in filthy, rat-infested police cells for two days. Tony and Pauline Griffin from Gillingham, Kent are happy to be home...
  • His backers jittery, Obama steps up attacks on McCain, belittling him as a disco age relic

    09/13/2008 2:25:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 110 replies · 290+ views ^ | 9/13/08 | NEDRA PICKLER and CHARLES BABINGTON/AP
    Belittling John McCain as a relic of the disco age, Democrat Barack Obama pushed his campaign Friday to a new level of counter-punching "on the issues that matter" and directed his running mate to be tougher on their Republican opponents. The changes come as national polls find McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, pulling ahead of Obama and Joe Biden, prompting some jittery Democrats to implore them to fight back harder, and Obama's camp to pledge "speed and ferocity" in that effort.
  • Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown (H.L. Hunley)

    12/17/2007 6:15:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 317+ views
    National Geographic ^ | December 17, 2007 | Bruce Smith
    Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown Bruce Smith in Charleston, South Carolina Associated Press December 17, 2007 When scientists opened the watch belonging to the H.L. Hunley commander three years ago, they thought they had the key clue to why the Confederate submarine sank off Charleston, South Carolina. But the 18-karat gold watch now seems to raise even more questions, despite the finding announced last week that the watch did not slowly wind down but stopped quickly—perhaps the result of a concussion or rushing water. "All of us were thinking the watch pointed to the crucial moment,"...