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  • Risk Of Collapse At Jesus' Tomb Unites Rival Christians

    04/07/2016 11:47:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies ^ | April 7, 2016 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    The New York Times reports: JERUSALEM — It was a typical day at the shrine around what many believe is the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • Vandals deface shrine at Norman Catholic church

    05/06/2015 2:53:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/4/15 | Kyle Schwab
    Churchgoers were upset Sunday morning when they discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized with black spray paint.The defacement of the shrine at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center, 100 E Stinson, near the University of Oklahoma, likely happened overnight.Those in attendance were shocked by the vandalism and offended by a sign left on the statue, church officials said.“It was very disturbing to a lot of people and very deliberate,” said Lisa Schmidt, administrative assistant to the pastor.“As a parishioner and as a Catholic, I would invite them to learn more about why we revere the Mother...
  • Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street

    05/05/2015 8:56:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 8:26 PM EDT | Jim Suhr and Alan Scher Zagier
    To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard. Within hours of Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old’s body lay for about four hours before it was removed. […] Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III,...
  • 7.9 magnitude quake hits Nepal, famous Buddhist shrine damaged (Boudhanath Stupa)

    04/25/2015 7:37:36 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    The popular Boudhanath Stupa has also developed major cracks, said witnesses. Photos of the destroyed structure is being circulated on the internet and messages of support and condolence pour in from all over the world. Many Tibetans have expressed their solidarity with the people of Nepal on their facebook pages.
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. “It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine,” said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. “I got a call from a...
  • Hanoi Jane Fonda to Build Shrine to Herself

    12/23/2014 11:16:41 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 56 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | December 23, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Hanoi Jane Fonda announced this week that she will build a shrine to herself. Maybe she’ll include a Viet Cong tank and a Communist flag? In 1972 “Hanoi” Jane Fonda applauded an NVA anti-aircraft gun crew during her trip to North Vietnam. These guns were used to shoot down American planes and contributed to the deaths of American Airmen. Jane Fonda once said, “If you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would some day become communist.” Jane Fonda made the announcement this week after “backsliding a bit of late” in terms...
  • Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

    11/26/2013 3:47:06 PM PST · by ThanhPhero · 20 replies
    BBC News and Environment ^ | 25 November 2013 | James Morgan
    They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal. The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to a tree branch. Its discovery may settle the dispute over the birth date of the Buddha, the team reports in the journal Antiquity. Radiocarbon Every year thousands of Buddhists make a holy pilgrimage to Lumbini - long identified as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. Continue reading the main story Lumbini Located in...
  • Is Every Catholic Church a Parish?

    10/25/2013 4:31:44 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 6 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | October 24, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My wife, preschool son and I regularly attend Sunday Mass at the Shrine of –. My wife and I also go to confession there regularly. Our son will be starting school next year… we discovered that there is no CCD of any kind being provided. The priest told my wife that instead, we have to take our son to St. – Church for Sunday School and First Confession/Communion preparation. We were flabbergasted! There aren’t many children who regularly attend Mass at the Shrine, it’s true. But aren’t they still required to provide religious instruction for the ones who do,...
  • Global Rosary at the National Shrine DC

    10/10/2013 12:38:15 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 3 replies
    Basilica of the National Shrine ^ | 10/10/2013 | Communications Department
    Global Rosary at the National Shrine The Basilica of the National Shrine will join Marian Shrines from around the world in praying the Rosary live via satellite on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 1:00pm. Come pray the Rosary and take part in this live worldwide broadcast event. The afternoon will begin with a welcome message from Pope Francis and will include the arrival of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome. Other participating Shrines include Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland, Our...
  • Obama to Skip Sikh Shrine on Visit to India

    10/19/2010 10:28:15 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    NYT ^ | 19 Oct 2010 | Lydia Polgreen
    NEW DELHI — The Golden Temple, a sprawling and serene complex of gleaming gold and polished marble that is the spiritual center of the Sikh religion, is one of India’s most popular tourist attractions. Revered by Indians of all faiths, it is a cherished emblem of India’s religious diversity. So it was no surprise when the gold-plated marvel was touted as the likely third stop on President Obama’s visit to India, scheduled for early November. But the United States has ruled out a Golden Temple visit, according to an American official involved in planning. Temple officials said that American advance...
  • Holy Father's Address at Fatima Shrine

    05/12/2010 7:34:41 PM PDT · by ELS · 6 replies · 238+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 12, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    Holy Father's Address at Fatima Shrine "Do Not Be Afraid to Talk of God" FATIMA, Portugal, MAY 12, 2010 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today before leading the faithful in the recitation of the rosary at the Chapel of Apparitions, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. * * * Dear pilgrims, All of you, standing together with lighted candles in your hands, seem like a sea of light around this simple chapel, lovingly built to the honour of the Mother of God and our mother, whose path from earth to heaven appeared to...
  • Young men prove their bravery by riding giant logs......

    04/09/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 26 replies · 927+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:31 PM on 9th April 2010 | By Mail Foreign Service
    Bravery isn't the first word that comes to mind when looking at these images of a Japanese log-rolling ceremony. But that is exactly what these young men are apparently proving during the bizarre Ki-otoshi ceremony, where they ride the giant logs as they are yanked down steep hills by ropes. Skidding and bumping over the rough terrain, at times the logs literally drop down the steep inclines
  • The White House is a Shrine to Obama

    02/03/2010 5:59:58 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 41 replies · 2,291+ views
    You Tube ^ | 2/03/10 | RobtKraft/Granny Jan
    Ed Schultz, the liberal talk show host, recently visited the WH. He called it a shrine to Obama.
  • MSNBC's Ed Schultz Says the West Wing of the White House is a "Shrine" to Obama - Audio

    02/04/2010 11:04:31 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 981+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 4, 2010 | Brian
    Here is audio of MSNBC's Ed Schultz on radio saying that the West Wing of the White House has been turned into a "shrine" to President Obama. The audio has been accompanied by some creative slides put together by YouTube user RobtKraft.
  • Ed Schultz on Visiting White House: 'Almost a Shrine' - to Obama

    02/01/2010 8:53:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1,519+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/1/10 | Jack Coleman
    Agreed, this doesn't come as much of a shock. What's surprising is that Schultz said "almost". Here's Schultz on his radio show Friday talking about meeting with Obama advisor David Axelrod at the White House the day before, along with fellow liberal radio host Bill Press and several other left-wing media types Schultz did not identify
  • Obama monument to cost Sh112 million (Kenyan Shilling)

    10/31/2009 10:18:44 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 37 replies · 2,723+ views
    Sunday Nation ^ | November 1, 2009
    The Kenyan Government plans to build a Sh112 million cultural centre in honour of US President Barack Obama at his ancestral home in Kogelo. The Sunday Nation has learnt that the proposal to construct the Obama Cultural and Leadership Centre, will be part of discussions by permanent secretaries during a meeting at Nairobi's Harambee House on Monday. The project is meant to attract a large number of tourists from across the world, who may be interested in visiting the ancestral home of the man who surmounted racial barriers, to become the president of the world’s most powerful nation. Ironically, the...
  • A Shrine To A Squirrel: Town's 'Diana Style' Show of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent

    11/08/2009 7:59:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,123+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 08th, 2009
    A Shrine To A Squirrel: Town's 'Diana Style' Show of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent By DANIEL BATES 09th November 2009 Well-loved: Albi the albino squirrel pictured in the churchyard where he lived [Pic in URL] Beside the grave lie gifts, flowers and heartfelt messages, some in verse. A tribute page on the social networking site Facebook has attracted more than 250 members. And the cause of this remarkable outpouring of grief? Albi the albino squirrel is no more. Albi, also known as Snowy or Percy, fell foul of a hit-and-run driver outside the churchyard where he used to live...
  • Iraq launches project to renovate Ezekiel's shrine

    05/04/2009 4:12:23 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 284+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 1, 2009 | Staff
    The Iraqi government has launched a project to renovate the interior of the prophet Ezekiel's shrine in the small town of Kifl, south of Baghdad, and the country's Ministry for Tourism and Antiquities says it hopes to eventually repair and renovate other Jewish sites across the country. "The ministry is concerned with all Iraqi heritage, whether it is Christian or Jewish or from any other religion," ministry spokesman Abdelzahra al-Talaqani told AFP. "The present plans do not include the synagogues in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Fallujah and other places because of lack of funding, but I think they will be included...
  • Interview with Dome Designer of the National Shrine (in DC)

    03/18/2009 9:42:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 16,742+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 18, 2009
    Some news on the home-front, but significant for the Church in America. See the dome which is empty? The picture doesn't show it well - but it's by far the largest in the church. It is the last and final internal beautification project of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Local blogger William Newton interviews one of the CUA students competing to design it: Ryan and his colleague, John-Paul Mikolajczyk, gained national attention for the liturgical furniture they designed, which was used by Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Mass here in...
  • Darwinism as Religion in a Holy War

    02/20/2009 2:58:53 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 97 replies · 1,913+ views
    CEH ^ | February 20, 2009
    Darwinism as Religion in a Holy War Feb 19, 2009 — It might be expected that media attention on Darwin would be exceptionally high this month because of his bicentennial, but some of it seems downright religious. The adulation he has been receiving is almost embarrassing sometimes. It is only exceeded by the righteous indignation frequently expressed against intelligent design. In any other context, the fighting words of the Darwinians would be described as hate speech. Here are some recent examples: 1. Shrine to Darwin:...
  • Iraq hopes shrine rebuild can reconcile sects

    10/06/2008 12:33:58 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 6, 2008 | Tim Cocks
    A ring of scaffolding around charred bricks is all that now stands in place of the golden dome that adorned one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines. Militants bombed the al-Askari mosque in the Iraqi city of Samarra in February 2006, destroying the dome and setting off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed tens of thousands of people and nearly tipped the country into all-out civil war. Now, with violence sharply down and Iraq's coffers swollen with oil revenues, officials hope the mosque can be restored to its former majestic glory in a few years. That could help heal bitter...
  • Fearful flock grows at shrine of Holy Death[Mexico]

    09/28/2008 2:47:19 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 627+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 Sep 2008 | DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    Mexican police, troops, thugs seek protection from violence The police officer knelt reverently in the flowered shrine to Holy Death,his right hand blessing himself, lips moving with silent pleas. "She has taken me and protected me," Marco Antonio Olvera, 28, said of the guardian spirit, whose tiny skeletal likeness hangs from his neck as an amulet, along with a .38-caliber bullet he offers in homage. "Many policemen depend upon her." Dating to the native religions before the Spanish Conquest, the cult venerating death has made a strong comeback in a Mexico awash with drug-related violence. Mexicans from all walks of...
  • China's Catholics visit shrine under watchful eyes

    05/27/2008 1:55:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 83+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 24, 2008 | Joseph Chaney
    Bells clanged, children played and police kept watch as pilgrims clutching rosary beads flocked to one of China's most revered Catholic shrines on Saturday, the day Pope Benedict XVI designated World Day of Prayer for China."There are fewer people than last year," said a 30-year-old seminary student surnamed Wu as he welcomed worshippers into the 150-year-old Sheshan Cathedral, which sits atop a scenic hill about a 45 minute drive from downtown Shanghai."The government made sure to keep order this year," Wu added.May is the month Chinese Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary, and it is the peak season for the country's...
  • Mormon missionaries allegedly damage Colorado Catholic shrine

    03/09/2008 3:35:00 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 116 replies · 3,887+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 9, 2008 | Staff
    SAN LUIS, Colo. - Members of the parish of the Sangre de Christo Roman Catholic Church planned to vote Sunday on whether to ask authorities to file charges against Mormon missionaries who allegedly damaged a shrine in 2006. The Pueblo Chieftain reported that church members saw photos on the Web showing the Mormons in the shrine. The Chieftan reported that Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church members discovered a Web photo Thursday that showed an LDS missionary holding the severed head of a statue at the shrine. Residents since found the head had been replaced, the Chieftan said. Other photos, also...
  • Militants seize shrine in Pakistan (named after renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai)

    07/30/2007 10:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 379+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/07 | Bashirullah Khan - ap
    MIRAN SHAH, Pakistan - Pro-Taliban militants seized control of a shrine in northwestern Pakistan and renamed it after Islamabad's Red Mosque, while 10 people died in the latest violence near the Afghan border, officials said Monday. About 70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region on Sunday, a spokesman for the militants and a local government official said. The militants declared their support for the radical leaders of the Red Mosque that was stormed by Pakistan's army this month after its clerics...
  • Catholic Church officials call for more clergy to work at Marian shrine in Lourdes

    07/14/2007 5:45:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 255+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | July 12, 2007 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) – Church officials have called for more clergy to work at France's Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, after a sharp rise in visitors wanting to make confessions. "Several priests have already asked to come, but we need more for the coming jubilee year," said Father Yvon Peschet, who is in charge of the shrine's Reconciliation Chapel. "It's especially with French-speaking clergy that we really need reinforcements now. But there's a shortage in the dioceses now, and it isn't easy for them to take time off for pastoral work down here." Father Peschet said July 12 that...
  • Chinese Catholics (Gov't set to dynamite shrine)

    06/23/2007 3:44:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 524+ views
    OpenBook ^ | June 23, 2007 | Amy Welborn
    Several points of discussion this week. First, the Chinese government to destroy a shrine: Next July 16th pilgrims and faithful from Henan will not be allowed to go on pilgrimage to the sanctuary in Tianjiajing. The government from the province of Henan has in fact decreed that the historic sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be blown up with dynamite; a complete ban on Catholics organizing their annual pilgrimage; a complete ban on any religious gathering or function being celebrated in the area. A statue of the Virgin, over one hundred years old, is destined to be...
  • A shrek "shrine" [EuroNews, what Islamization has gotten over you?]

    02/23/2007 12:34:51 AM PST · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Islamic Shrek "shrine" [EuroNews, what Islamization has gotten over you?] Dear EuroNews, Hello! Regarding your report on 23 February 2007: Police and Palestinians clash at Islamic shrine in Jerusalem What an outrageous approach & language? What on earth has anti-israel fascism & gross lies gotten in to you? Even if you would like to appear as a radical Arabist, at least don't change historic facts. At first I thought it was a satire, "Islamic shrine" is What? the Jewish temple? Even in usual anti-Israel standards, this is pretty pathetic. Really scary, in fact. So you want to buy Islamic-Jihad...
  • A Brooklyn Priest and inspiration for a shrine

    01/10/2007 11:37:59 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | January 10, 2006 | Donald Tremblay
    “Yes, I feel God is present there. Out of love for Jesus, Father built so much of the chapel from his bare hands that everywhere you turn in the chapel you feel Jesus’ presence. Every time I’ve visited the chapel I’ve been with other students, and when I look at their faces I can tell they feel different too.”   Miju Kim is a 27-year-old graduate student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where Father Richard Bretone serves as chaplain.  On Easter Sunday 2006 the South Korean converted to Catholicism from Buddhism under the guidance of Fr. Bretone.  Kim had been speaking...
  • DomeFest '06 (Bishops to celebrate Mass dedicating newly-completed "Redemption Dome")

    11/15/2006 9:24:36 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 328+ views
    WITL ^ | November 15, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    At the close of Sunday night's liturgy, I was asked if this week's meeting would have a closing Mass. After replying that USCCB plenaries only have big Eucharists at their opening, I realized that, this year, it was an erroneous statement. Tomorrow afternoon, many of the bishops'll be boarding buses to the nation's capital for a Mass celebrating the dedication of the newly-completed "Redemption Dome" at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The 4pm liturgy will be celebrated by Archbishop Donald Wuerl with the chair of the National Shrine's iconography committee, Cardinal Justin Rigali, as...
  • It's peak hour at the Steve shrine

    09/07/2006 1:59:41 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 1,242+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7 September 2006 | John Hamilton
    IT is 4 o'clock in the afternoon, peak hour for mourners flocking to the nation's newest shrine, a palm tree oasis called Australia Zoo in the foothills of extinct volcanoes called the Glass House Mountains. The mourners come in their hundreds, then thousands to the spot in the Hinterland an hour's drive each way between Noosa or Brisbane. The two car parks are jammed with frantic attendants in khaki shirts and shorts trying to keep the traffic moving. Khaki shirts and shorts are the uniform here at the shrine to Steve Irwin. There is his image in a khaki shirt...
  • Piecing together 'Redemption' – Dome to be unveiled at U.S. shrine

    07/22/2006 6:41:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 168+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | July 20, 2006 | Erin Maguire
    WASHINGTON - The new Redemption Dome mosaic in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington will be unveiled in September, just in time for pilgrim season. The ceiling dome, the first part of a three-part project, is gold with 12-foot figures and four scenes of redemption. If they look up as they walk into the shrine, the faithful can see the Crucifixion. Exiting, they will see the Resurrection. The images of the Crucifixion and Resurrection "symbolize dying and rising to new life," said Msgr. Walter R. Rossi, the shrine's rector. "The dome is located right...
  • Cousins charged with felonies in Holy Hill vandalism (older one expresses no regrets)

    06/10/2006 5:22:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies · 1,939+ views
    Journal Sentinel ^ | June 9, 2006 | TOM KERTSCHER
    David Groth Tyler Groth West Bend - Two cousins were charged with a felony crime each on Friday in the desecration of Holy Hill and, according to authorities, the older of the two admitted what he did but had no regrets.Tyler B. Groth, 21, of Neosho and David J. Groth, 17, of Hartford each face up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of criminal damage to religious property. Tyler Groth told investigators that he and his cousin used red spray paint in a spree of vandalism at Holy Hill on Tuesday, according to...
  • Polish hilltop shrine centuries old center of devotion to Passion, Mary

    05/19/2006 9:41:36 AM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 189+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/17/2006 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Polish hilltop shrine centuries old center of devotion to Passion, Mary By Jonathan Luxmoore 5/17/2006 Catholic News Service ( WARSAW, Poland – The hilltop Marian shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska has been a center of devotion to the Passion and to Mary for four centuries. When Pope John Paul II prayed at the shrine in 2002 during his last homecoming, he said he had found strength at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and counted on Polish Catholics to continue coming to the shrine "to ask Mary to obtain for us unity of faith, unity of mind and spirit, unity in families and unity in...
  • US Launches Major Offensive Against Sunni Insurgents (largest Air Offensive since 2003 invasion)

    03/16/2006 8:25:49 AM PST · by IrishMike · 35 replies · 1,410+ views
    Guardian ^ | Thursday 16 March 2006
    US launches major offensive against Sunni insurgents ....Thursday March 16, 2006 ....... More than 50 US warplanes were today involved in the biggest air offensive launched by the Americans in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, the US military said. A huge air and land offensive has been launched against Sunni insurgents in the restive town of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.....The US military said some 1,500 Iraqi and US troops and 200 tactical vehicles were involved in the operation, Reuters reported. The US military added that Operation Swarmer would last several days....Insurgents in Samarra, which is a predominantly Sunni...
  • Japan talks of ‘strategic partnership’ with China

    03/07/2006 4:38:31 PM PST · by Flavius · 15 replies · 404+ views
    ft ^ | March 7 200 | David Pilling in Tokyo
    Japan and China need to establish a “strategic partnership based on equality”, according to the policy chief of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party, acknowledging that Tokyo could no longer afford to treat China as an upstart power. Hidenao Nakagawa, who is expected to be an important figure in any future cabinet led by Shinzo Abe, the frontrunner to replace Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister in September, told the Financial Times: “There is no precedent in Asia for two big countries to have a strategic partnership based on equality. We want to establish such a strategic partnership with China. That’s what...
  • Rite of election draws more than one thousand in perspective of baptism at National Shrine

    03/07/2006 8:48:07 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 7, 2006
    Washington DC, Mar. 07, 2006 (CNA) - More than 1,000 children, teenagers and adults filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast yesterday to prepare to enter the Catholic Church this Easter. A number that is increasing each year. Children and adults and their families and friends joined church officials in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, a liturgy marking the final period of preparation before the sacraments of initiation at Easter. The liturgy is held each year on the first Sunday of Lent. As many as 1,233 people are expected to...
  • (Hindu) Priests purify shrine after Bush visit

    03/05/2006 5:25:22 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 1,235+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 5, 2006
    NEW DELHI Mar 5, 2006 (AP)— Hindu priests who look after the memorial of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi conducted a purification ceremony at the shrine after a visit from President Bush. But it wasn't the president who offended them, it was the sniffer-dogs who scoured the area ahead of his visit. After the dog visit, the memorial was cleansed with water brought from the Ganges river, which Hindus consider holy, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported Sunday. Bush visited the memorial on Thursday during his three day visit to India. The site, where pacifist icon Gandhi was cremated, is considered sacred and all...
  • Al-Askariya shrine: 'Not just a major cathedral'

    02/22/2006 9:49:56 PM PST · by Westlander · 32 replies · 945+ views
    Timesonline ^ | February 22, 2006 | Sam Knight
    Today's attack on al-Askariya shrine marks the first time that Iraqi sectarian violence has targeted one of the country's central religious symbols. The Shia Muslim shrine has existed in the middle of the ancient city of Samarra, one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, since 944, when it was built to house the tombs of two ninth century imams, direct descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. Ali al-Hadi, the tenth imam who died in 868 and his son Hassan al-Askari who died in 874, were buried at the end of the turbulent period during which Samarra was built as...
  • Al-Qaeda suspected in bombing

    02/22/2006 3:41:10 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 13 replies · 637+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23 February 2006
    THE United States suspects al-Qaeda is behind today's bombing in Iraq which destroyed the dome of one of the world's holiest Shiite shrines, a senior US official said. "We believe this can be traced back to the al-Qaeda movement," James Jeffrey, the State Department's coordinator for Iraq, said of the blast that sparked a wave of reprisal attacks against Sunni mosques in Baghdad. Mr Jeffrey said the Americans had no definite proof against al-Qaeda but had concluded the bombing of the Shiite mosque in the northern town of Samarra fit a pattern of the movement's past threats and actions. "They...
  • My Father's 100th Birthday

    12/23/2005 10:13:16 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 878+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 23 December, 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Today would have been my Father’s 100th birthday. There aren’t many folks left who will remember that, and take note. But I do, and here’s his story. Before I sat down to write this, I read an e-mail about a lady who wrote about “A Simple White Envelope.” Her story began: “It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. “It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas -- oh, not the...
  • Pope slips out of the Vatican for sneak trip

    10/30/2005 6:01:42 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 311+ views
    The Star ^ | October 30, 2005 | James Vicini and Adam Entous
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict slipped out of the Vatican unannounced for the first time in his papacy on Saturday, travelling to the same spot his predecessor did exactly 27 years ago to pray after being elected.  The Pontiff visited the shrine to the Virgin Mary at Mentorella, in the mountains about 55 km (34 miles) northeast of Vatican City, where Pope John Paul II went on Oct. 29, 1978.  John Paul had said that travelling to Mentorella, in what was the first the many pilgrimages outside Rome of his pontificate, had helped him to pray.  John Paul's trip,...
  • Thousands gather at shrine to pray, dedicate statue for life

    10/08/2005 9:45:45 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 496+ views
    Catholic Online News ^ | 10.07.05 | Regina Kelly
    National News Story Thousands gather at shrine to pray, dedicate statue for life By Regina Kelly 10/7/2005ASHINGTON, N.J. (CNS) -- More than 3,000 people united in prayer at the National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the New Jersey town of Washington on Oct. 2, a day celebrated as both Respect Life Sunday and Worldwide Fatima Sanctity of Life Day. Thousands more at other U.S. sites and in Switzerland, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and other countries observed the day of prayer for respect toward life. Gathered at the shrine under a clear blue sky, people...
  • ANGLICAN SERMON: An Exalted Dormition

    08/02/2005 11:00:44 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 15 replies · 698+ views
    New Directions September 1997 ^ | J+M+J 15 August A.D. 1997 | The Revd Fr Geoffrey Kirk
    AN EXALTED DORMITION Geoffrey Kirk preached at the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Feast of the Assumption. WHEN MY EDWARDIAN predecessor erected in St Stephen’s Lewisham an elaborate tabernacle for the Blessed Sacrament he surrounded it, as you do, with Latin texts taken from the gospels. Below the door, in pride of place he wrote ‘Et verbum caro factum est. ' Words from the first chapter of St John: ‘And the word was made flesh’. My predecessor, no doubt, was wanting to make a point, still controversial in the Church of England in those days, about...
  • Presenting Petitions to the Mother of God

    04/19/2005 5:56:31 PM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 13 replies · 494+ views
    America Needs Fatima ^ | 04-19-05 | America Needs Fatima
    Fatima Home Visitation coordinator Byron Whitcraft delivered over 40,000 petition cards to the exact spot where Our Lady appeared in Fatima. On March 20, two members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), went on pilgrimage to the site of the 1917 apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, to deliver over 40,000 petition cards collected through the TFP’s America Needs Fatima Home Visitation Program. America Needs Fatima began taking its supporters’ petitions to Fatima shortly after they began their Home Visitation Program (to read about the America Needs Fatima Home Visitation Program, go...

    03/28/2005 3:57:25 PM PST · by Calpernia · 71 replies · 3,277+ views
    Art Ukraine Newsletter ^ | 3/26/05 | By Stephen Smith
    She is a national hero in her homeland, hailed for plucking her little sister from their family home as it was consumed by flames. Now, Nastya Ovchar, her body burned extensively during the rescue of her sister, lies in a room at Shriners Burns Hospital Boston, half a world away from her home in the Ukraine. If they made a movie about Nastya, they could well call it ''The President and the Little Girl," for it was the intervention of a national leader who had endured his own share of physical suffering that assured the 5-year- old could receive lifesaving...
  • Requiem for our friend Judas in Linz Austria. "Shrine" to "St" Judas

    03/22/2005 1:16:43 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 2 replies · 215+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 22 March 2005 | Gillibrand
    Shrine to Judas in the town of Linz, Austria From the town that brought to the world Adolf Hitler now comes in the Ursuline Church an art installation for Lent, "Requiem for a friend Judas Iskarioth" ( Iscariot ). Many pictures and more text are given at the website. The text accompanying the exhibition says that Judas should be made a saint and that he did not commit suicide but was done away with by the other apostles. It claims that the installation shows Judas with a halo. He is the intercessor for all suicides, for all those excluded, excommunicated,...
  • Shrine To Hercules Unearthed

    01/21/2005 6:30:26 PM PST · by blam · 62 replies · 3,202+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 1-21-2005 | AP Valmas
    Shrine to Hercules unearthedArchaeologists in Thebes discover remains of altar, dwellings used for more than 3,000 years APPanayiotis Valmas, the head restorer at the Museum of Thebes, is pictured last month brushing a tiny ancient bronze statue of the mythological hero Hercules slaying a lion. The figure was found at an ancient prayer site. By Derek Gatopoulos - The Associated Press THEBES - Rummaging in the dirt, Costas Kakoseos pulls up pieces of history steeped in legend. It is an archaeological site dubbed “Hercules’ House” — the place, experts say, that the ancient Greeks may have held to be the...
  • Najaf Shrine To Reopen In 10 Days, Iraq Government Plans Reconstruction

    08/28/2004 4:05:37 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 300+ views
    Agence France-Presse | August 28, 2004
    NAJAF, Iraq, Aug 28 (AFP) - Najaf`s holy Imam Ali shrine, around which rebel fighters loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr fought US troops for months, will reopen its doors to worshippers in 10 days, officials said Saturday. "The shrine will reopen in 10 days," Najaf Governor Adnan al-Zurfi told a news conference flanked by Iraqi officials. A deadly standoff between Sadr`s Mehdi Army and US-led Iraqi government troops around the shrine over the last three weeks has left the holy city in ruins, with entire neighbourhoods partially demolished. The mausoleum itself was occupied for three weeks by hundreds...
  • Pilgrimage to PA, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, honoring Holy Mother inspires scores

    08/26/2004 10:03:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 640+ views
    Herald News ^ | 08.22.04
    Polish pilgrims' trek shows faith Pilgrimage honoring Holy Mother inspires scores to set example Photo GalleryA line of footsteps, extending through history from the villages of rural Poland to the immigrant neighborhoods of urban America, continued unbroken for the 17th year with this month's pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.Instead of traveling to the original church in Czestochowa, Poland, to pay homage to the Holy Mother, those living in the United States have adapted the ancient tradition of pilgrimage by walking each year from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.From Aug. 12-15, the four-day, 56-mile trek from Great Meadows...