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Jerusalem’s Lights Festival

Here are some stunning shots of the 2011 Jerusalem festival of lights:

When night falls on the Old City of Jerusalem this week, the walled enclave sheds its role as one of the world’s most contested pieces of real estate to become a luminous carnival of art installations and performances. (Scroll down for photos)

Jerusalem’s Festival of Lights, now in its third year, illuminates an area known more for religious friction and clashing political claims than for art or nightlife. Most nights, the Old City’s stone alleyways are dimly lit, peopled mainly by small numbers of tourists, Palestinian merchants and children, and ultra-Orthodox Jews headed to or from religious studies or prayers.

But for seven nights, until June 22, a shining 10-foot-tall (3-meter-tall) puppet named Meir — Hebrew for “the illuminator” — entertains visitors with antics like trying to scale the wall of the moat at the Tower of David, used by conquerors across the millennia as a fortress, barracks and gun emplacement.

Check them out here.

How I love that place!

 

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Church

Up to 2,000 Anglicans Could Join US Ordinariate

 As many as 100 U.S. Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a U.S. personal ordinariate for former Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported to his fellow bishops June 15.

Cardinal Wuerl was appointed by the Vatican last September to guide the incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States under “Anglicanorum coetibus,” an apostolic constitution issued by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009.

At a news conference following his report, Cardinal Wuerl said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the Vatican were to establish the U.S. ordinariate by the end of the year. “I think it will be sooner rather than later,” he said…

There’s more here.

The full text and video of Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s report can be seen here.

Culture

Woman Finds God’s Name In Vein On Her Leg

Silly woman!

Taking God’s name in vain is bad, but having his name written on a vein is apparently good for a woman in Wichita, Kansas.

Audreanna Phelps was at the mall one day when she noticed the word “God” on her leg, spelled out on a vein, according to The Frisky.com.

Not sure what to think, Phelps asked for her cousin’s opinion, then sent a picture to her parents and, according to kwch.com, everyone agreed it looks like the word God.

What do you think? This is what it looks like:

“It was more of an exciting feeling, very excited,” Phelps said. “My family says in all their years of living, they’ve never seen that.”

Her first thought was that God was telling her that her prayers have been heard and everything was going to be okay.

“I feel like it’s a unique mark,” Phelps told MyBoston.com. “I feel like it has meaning. I don’t know what God has planned, but I feel like he’s going to use me.”…

More on this absurdity here.

In the mall… Give me a break.