Author Archives: Fr Stephen Smuts

About Fr Stephen Smuts

TAC Priest in South Africa.

New York Post Changes Its Name To: New York Pope

Albeit for just a day. The New York Post has become The New York Pope…

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Why Study Biblical Geography?

The question is looked at in three posts over at Exploring Bible Lands blog: Sometimes people ask me, “Why do you study Biblical geography so much?” Generally, I study Biblical geography because it helps me to understand the Bible more. … Continue reading

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Seal from Time of David Discovered in Temple Mount Debris

This is a fine discovery. As reported over on the Bible Places Blog: Archaeologists have been sifting debris discarded from illegal excavations on the Temple Mount for more than a decade now. Yesterday they announced the discovery of a seal dating to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Addressed the U.S. Congress Today

And you can read or listen to his full address here. Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel … Continue reading

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Mona Lisa’s Bones Found?

It’s on Discovery News, so don’t get your hopes up… Italian archaeologists trying to solve the mystery behind the identity of one of the world’s most famous models said Wednesday that they had found shards of bone which could have … Continue reading

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Mecca Stampede: Hundreds Killed

Huff Po: Saudi Arabia, Sept 24 (Reuters) – At least 717 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the Saudi authorities said, the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage in … Continue reading

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Why The Anglican Communion Is Already Divorced

RNS has the article. Is the Anglican Communion about to split over different views of sexual ethics? You might think so after reading headlines about the archbishop of Canterbury’s proposal to “loosen” the structures of the Communion — a way … Continue reading

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Sea of Galilee Quiz

Can you pass this Sea of Galilee quiz? The Sea of Galilee is important for many reasons. How much do you know about the sea? It’s not easy. Take it here. I love that place…

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The Radio Interview Went Well

Which I mentioned the other day. It was on Radio CCFM. I’m on the left. This was the group pic:

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Hard Not to Cry…

Man serenades wife in hospice with a World War II love song. After 73 years of marriage. More on the video here.

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