Kids these days...
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Donald-John MacSween, chairman of the trust, said he was "cautiously optimistic" the project would receive lottery funding.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Voilà: www.monastery-for-sale.com, for those of you without student loans and money to burn. A charming, 11th century monastery with 60,000 square metres. Just use Mastercard. The calm of mind and soul is priceless.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The website of the Holy Diocese of Rome has been offering small pieces of John Paul II's white cassock as part of the campaign to beatify him.
But the site was inundated with requests after reports suggested pieces of the robe were available to buy.
John Paul II died in April 2005. He was the third-longest serving pope.
The website has been offering a relic featuring a prayer on one side and a "ex indumentis" - a piece from the clothing - of the former pope since early 2006.
But it has recently been swamped with requests for the tiny relics after it was reported in Italian media that they were for sale.
Anyone who clicks on the link to request the relic is now sent to an article in which diocese spokesman Monsignor Marco Frisina warns that it is sacrilegious to buy or sell relics.
The Italian version of the website also specifies that the relic is free, and requests only an optional small donation to cover postage costs.
The diocese would be able to send a relic to anyone who asked for one, director of social communications Monsignor Marco Fibbi told the BBC News website.
"We don't intend to let these objects have a collectors' value," he said.
"It's only a devotional object. It's useless to try to collect it or sell it on the internet because we will satisfy any request for this object."
John Paul II - born in Poland as Karol Jozef Wojtyla - is being considered for beatification, the first step to sainthood.
The much-loved late pontiff travelled the world extensively and was internationally renowned.
And he is on track to become a saint in record time, after Pope Benedict XVI waived the traditional five-year waiting period before the beatification campaign could begin.
From: BBC NEWS
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Friday, September 14, 2007
This is a dark film. At first glance it may appear merely as light and quirky, but this changes quickly in the second act. The Ruling Class ends on a very dark and disturbing note. While I won’t completely divulge its ending here, let me just say that I haven’t been as disturbed by a film’s conclusion for quite some time.
But wait, I’m rushing things, let’s give a brief summation. After the sudden death of the 13th Earl of Gurney, the title is given to the late Earl’s young and mentally disturbed son, Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney (Peter O’Toole).
A 1996 survey showed that the 13th-Century bridge that carries the A415 Abington to Witney road over the Thames had become "structurally weak".
An 18-tonne weight restriction was imposed and a frequency inspection regime introduced to ensure the safety of the general public.
The county council is hoping to buy land in Newbridge for a new crossing.
Oxfordshire Highways carried out an evaluation of a possible six routes for the new bridge and have settled on one.
Crossing the river some 250m (273yds) upstream from its current position, the chosen route is favoured by the Environmental Agency as it avoids a flood prone area.
The old bridge is unable to be reconstructed or strengthened because it is a protected listed monument.
From: BBC NEWS
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Dr Niebrzydowski, whose research is funded by the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy, said: "Women were often widowed by the age of 30 and it gave them greater freedom.
Monday, September 10, 2007
But what makes the channel doubly significant is its role as an escape hatch for Jews desperate to flee the conquering Romans, the dig's directors said.
Tens of thousands of people lived in Jerusalem at the time, but it is not clear how many used the channel to escape, he said.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Among other entries was a Dorset Women's Institute WWII record book, which will also be put online.
Announcing the feature for the next MSCU Movie Night - "Camelot."
While this clip is from the stage version, we'll be showing 1967 film. It stars Richard Harris as King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere and the astounding Franco Nero as Lancelot Du Lac.
Stay tuned for date and time to be announced.
But non-relatives also used the contracts. In cases that involved single, unrelated men, Tulchin argues, these contracts provide “considerable evidence that the affrèrés were using affrèrements to formalize same-sex loving relationships."
Saturday, September 8, 2007
ROME (Reuters) - Carbon dating has cast doubt on the authenticity of one of four robes kept by Italian churches as relics of the medieval Saint Francis of Assisi, though another tunic, a belt and a cushion were found to be the right vintage.
Friars from two churches of the Franciscan order founded by the saint asked a laboratory specializing in dating artwork to examine two simple brown tunics said to have been worn by the champion of the poor, as well as a mortuary cushion.
Francis who gave up the life of a playboy and soldier and all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to the poor and preach the way of peace, died in 1226. His hometown, Assisi, attracts millions of Christian pilgrims every year.
Artistic depictions of the saint show him dressed in a brown robe with a rope belt -- the habit still worn by his order.
Four Franciscan churches have claimed to house relics. The tests showed that one, in the Basilica of Cortona in Tuscany, did date from his lifetime, as did an embroidered cushion said to have come from his deathbed.
A second robe from Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross did not match the dates, though the belt around it did.
"The tunic and cushion from Cortona were found compatible with the period in which Saint Francis lived but the one from Florence wasn't," said Pier Andrea Mando of the Nuclear Physics Laboratory in Florence, in a statement released on Wednesday.
The other two robes are kept in churches in Assisi and Arezzo belonging to a different branch of the order and were not included in the tests, which used accelerator mass spectrometry to measure the amount of carbon-14 present in samples of cloth.
Francis, the son of a wealthy merchant, is said to have found his vocation while praying in a ruined wayside chapel. He heard a voice saying: "Go, Francis, and repair my house."
Pope Benedict visited Assisi in June for the 800th anniversary of St Francis' conversion.
Carbon dating of St Francis' robes has none of the controversy surrounding tests in 1988 on the Shroud of Turin, which bears an imprint many Catholics believe to be Jesus and has been venerated for centuries as Christ's burial cloth.
Findings dating it from at least 1260 AD were bitterly contested by some in the Church.
Monday, September 3, 2007
The action or habit of estimating as worthless.
e.g. A floccinaucinihilipilification of the history and culture of the Middle Ages will lead to a Dark Age.
Refer to Oxford English Dictionary.
It's Pope St Gregory the Great today. Pope from 590 to 604, he made some fairly important contributions to Medieval life, particularly through his homilies and church reforms. His major writings include the Moralia on Job, the Dialogues, and the Pastoral Rule. He also caused a tremendous musical reform through his standardization of the liturgy. More can be read at New Advent.
The picture to the right is of Gregory. The bird on his shoulder is actually a representation of the Holy Spirit, signifying Gregory's divine inspiration. The dove was observed by the peeping scribe behind the privacy screen, and rumour spread...