Monthly Archives: May 2011

Beneath Jerusalem, an Underground City takes Shape

Yahoo.com:  Underneath the crowded alleys and holy sites of old Jerusalem, hundreds of people are snaking at any given moment through tunnels, vaulted medieval chambers and Roman sewers in a rapidly expanding subterranean city invisible from the streets above. At … Continue reading

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Russia to Restrict Abortion

The Creative Minority Report reports: Russia has a baby problem. There aren’t enough babies – not close to enough. In 2009, there were 74 abortions for every 100 births in Russia, according to their own health ministry. You think that’s bad? … Continue reading

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Jesus: ‘A Prophet of Islam’?!

Apparently so, down under: A Catholic bishop has slammed controversial Islamic billboards for being “provocative and offensive” and he’s calling for them to be removed from prominent locations across Sydney. The billboards carrying the slogan `Jesus: a prophet of Islam’ … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Christian Girls Kidnapped, Forced to Marry, Convert to Islam

Islam. Appalling. Two Christian girls–Rebecca Masih and Saima Masih–were forced to marry and convert to Islam after they were kidnapped by a wealthy businessman on May 24. The kidnapping took place in the northeastern Pakistani province of Punjab. “Kidnapping Christian … Continue reading

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Speaking of Memorial Day and Chaplains

This caught my eye. I reproduce it in full. A reader alerted me to this item in the Huffington Post, recalling the so-called “Immortal Chaplains” who went down with the USAT Dorchester in 1943. As Wikipedia notes: The “Immortal Chaplains” were … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen and Remembering Christ

A letter from Navy Chaplain Barrett Craig, currently serving the Marines in Okinawa, Japan… On behalf of all of us who have gone from you to serve our country in the military, I thank you. I thank you for praying … Continue reading

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Zimbabwean Man Wins Mr Ugly Pageant

IOL: A Zimbabwean man upstaged 15 others to win the Mr Ugly title at a weekend pageant, a local newspaper reported on Monday. Thirty-year-old Austin Mbewe from the second city of Bulawayo won R1 200 and a blanket at the contest held on … Continue reading

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Israel Finkelstein: In the Eye of Jerusalem’s Archaeological Storm

The City of David, Beyond the Politics and Propaganda: Archaeological activity in Jerusalem has been sucked into a whirlwind of conflicting political agendas, and the site commonly referred to as “the City of David” is in the eye of the … Continue reading

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Cross Symbolizes Faith Amid Tragedy in Joplin

Local priest: ‘At times like this, it is easy to see the face of Jesus.’ Updated numbers and look at how the Catholic community is helping. NCR reports: (CNS) — The devastating scene left by the massive F-5 tornado that hit … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, GK Chesterton!

GK Chesterton, the English writer, was born 29 May 1874: … Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an “orthodox” Christian, and came to identify such a position with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism. George Bernard … Continue reading

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