With some wise words via Ruth Gledhill:
Take time to slow down, don’t eat meat on Fridays, make time for God and self-examination. These are some of the suggestions from the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols to help all of us, not just Catholics, to cope with life in difficult times as Lent approaches once more
… After all, the display includes 2,000-year-old teeth, shards of bone and splinters from a first-century execution device. But these are not just any teeth, bones and splinters.
Tradition holds that they belong to John the Baptist, Mary Magdalene, St. Luke, and the cross on which Jesus was crucified.Once upon a time, pilgrims would trudge halfway around the world just to glimpse one of these objects. Seen as conduits to God, holy relics were carried into battle as talismans, used to cement alliances between heads of state, sold for small fortunes, and coveted by Christians everywhere; some even believed relics could heal the sick.Now that a bevy of these once-prized objects are on display in downtown Baltimore, the question is: Are holy relics still relevant? Or are they, well, a thing of the past?
The above exhibit is called Treasures of Heaven, and USA Today has more on it.
CNN is reporting:
Egypt’s antiquities minister, Zahi Hawass, said Friday he plans to step down to protest police inaction as the country’s ancient treasures are being looted and vandalized.
“The police cannot do enough, or anything to protect Egypt’s antiquities and treasures, and I can’t stand by while that happens,” he said. “It is a protest really, that not enough can be done now to protect these sites and treasures.”
Hawass said two dozen sites have been looted or vandalized since the uprising that led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Hawass said he has not resigned yet but will if asked by new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.
Sharaf, a former transport minister tapped to be the post this week, is in the process of forming a new Cabinet. Hawass said he does not intend to be a part of it.
“I have no interest in doing that at all,” he said.
Hawass, former secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, was appointed to the post of the antiquities minister on January 30 under Mubarak.
His biggest mistake was taking that ministry post (which was a newly founded position). It was just a week or two before the protests broke out making Hawass essentially part of the Mubarak regime. Always after sensation and the media attention, one has to but admire the spin he’s now putting on it is good. But come what may, the pressure on him to step down is building… and that has nothing to do with him protesting police inaction regarding damage to Egypt’s antiquities.