Bible Archaeology

Israel: Sights and Insights

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A new column; Dr. Wayne Stiles explores the biblical sites of Israel, the significance behind them and how to make the most of a visit.

It is a feature in the Jerusalem Post and should be really worthwhile. In this edition, he deals with Mt Arbel:

Otherwise, I know he blogs here and it is a good blog to visit too.

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Church

Reebok Nun Spices Up Royal Wedding

A Reebok-wearing Anglican nun and a cartwheeling verger attracted attention at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday.

Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed that the nun was wearing black Reebok Classics trainers underneath her traditional outfit, the Daily Mail reports.

Sister Annaliese Brogden was photographed sitting next to Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a pair of comfortable trainers, AEDT adds.

The internet was awash with rumours of Sister Annaliese’s role at Friday’s ceremony, with some musing she may be an MI5 agent tasked with protecting the royal heir and dubbing her the “Ninja Nun.”

But the truth is more straightforward, according to her father, Geoffrey Brogden.

“She wore the trainers for comfort and always has,” he said. “It has all caused great amusement here and at the convent…

The above was here.

Church

Why the Church Needs Bloggers

The NC Register reports:

The Catholic Church needs active members who blog, but Catholic bloggers also need the Church, especially to remind them of the virtue of charity needed in their writing, said participants at a Vatican meeting.

The meeting May 2 was sponsored by the Pontifical Councils for Culture and for Social Communications.

The councils accepted requests to attend, then drew the names of the 150 participants once the requests were divided according to geography, language and whether the blog was personal or institutional.

Richard Rouse, an official at the culture council, said news of the Vatican meeting already has encouraged other Church officials to begin a dialogue with local bloggers.

The Vatican meeting, he said, was not designed as a how-to seminar, and it was not aimed at developing a code of conduct, but rather to acknowledge the role of blogs in modern communications and to start a dialogue between the bloggers and the Vatican.

Father Roderick Vonhogen, a Dutch priest and author of Katholiek Leven (Catholic Life), told the meeting that blogging “allows me to be a shepherd for people who need one, not those who already have one” because they are active in a parish…

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told the bloggers that while Pope Benedict XVI “is a person who does not Tweet or have a personal blog, he is very attentive and knows well what is happening in the world” and supports Catholic media efforts, as seen by his Good Friday television interview and by his book-length interview with the German writer Peter Seewald.

Father Lombardi said he had to thank bloggers for the times they acted to explain and spread Church teaching and the thought of Pope Benedict.

But he also said that the whole question of bloggers’ self-centeredness and “ego” is “one of the problems which is worth reflecting on,” because while it is a danger for all communicators, a communicator who calls him- or herself Catholic must focus first on serving others…

There is more here.