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  • Trump Praises St. Thomas Becket as Martyr for Religious Freedom

    12/29/2020 5:54:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The White House on Tuesday issued a proclamation praising St. Thomas Becket, an English archbishop who was martyred 850 years ago after conflict with King Henry II over the rights of the Church. “Before the Magna Carta was drafted, before the right to free exercise of religion was enshrined as America’s first freedom in our glorious Constitution, Thomas gave his life so that, as he said, ‘the Church will attain liberty and peace,’” President Donald Trump wrote in a Dec. 29 proclamation. “To honor Thomas Becket’s memory, the crimes against people of faith must stop, prisoners of conscience must be...
  • Thomas Becket: Alpine ice sheds light on medieval murder

    04/06/2020 1:42:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | March 31, 2020 | Matt McGrath
    Lead and silver are often mined together and in this period, mines in the Peak District and in Cumbria were among the most productive in Europe. The researchers were able to match the physical records from the ice with the written tax records of lead and silver production in England. Lead had many uses in this time, from water pipes to church roofs to stained glass windows. But production of the metal was clearly linked to political events according to the authors of this latest research. "In the 1169-70 period, there was a major disagreement between Henry II and Thomas...
  • St. Thomas Becket’s Bloodied Tunic to Return to Canterbury

    03/05/2020 7:30:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/3/20 | J-P Mauro
    The loan from the Vatican comes to honor the 850th anniversary of his martyrdom.Canterbury Cathedral is preparing to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, one of England’s most revered medieval saints. To honor the occasion, the Vatican has agreed to loan Canterbury a holy relic of the patron saint of the city of London: the bloodied garment he was believed to have worn at the time of his murder. The Guardian reports that the garment is a religious vestment known as a tunicle, an article of clothing similar in style to a dalmatic, which was...
  • Thomas Becket’s Bloody Tunic Returns to Canterbury 850 Years After He Died

    11/05/2018 4:44:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11/4/18 | Catherine Pepinster
    Vatican to send back historic relic worn by archbishop as he was brutally murderedA bloodstained tunic belonging to Thomas Becket is to be returned to Britain from the Vatican to help mark the 850th anniversary of the murder of the former archbishop of Canterbury and the 800th anniversary of the creation of his shrine. Canterbury Cathedral, where Becket was killed in December 1170 following a bitter dispute with King Henry II, became a shrine after Pope Alexander III made Becket a saint following the murder. It drew thousands of pilgrims from England and across Europe until the shrine was destroyed...
  • [St]Thomas Becket's Personal Book of Psalms 'Found in Cambridge Library'

    10/02/2016 5:06:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/1/16 | Alison Flood
    <p>A Cambridge academic believes he has discovered Thomas Becket’s personal book of psalms, an ancient manuscript the martyred saint and so-called “turbulent priest” may have been holding when he was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.</p> <p>Dr Christopher de Hamel, a historian at Cambridge University, stumbled across the book during a conversation with a colleague. De Hamel, author of the just-released Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, had said that books belonging to saints were generally not used as relics, and his fellow historian replied that he knew of an exception.</p>
  • Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

    12/29/2020 10:43:09 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 21 replies
    The White House ^ | Dec 28, 2020 | President Donald J. Trump
    Just an excerpt: “A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure — because justice, goodness, and peace cannot prevail without the grace of God. NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2020, as the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. I invite the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies...
  • Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

    12/29/2020 6:15:57 AM PST · by KierkegaardMAN · 22 replies
    White House ^ | Donald J Trump
    ...NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2020, as the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. I invite the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches and customary places of meeting with appropriate ceremonies in commemoration of the life and legacy of Thomas Becket. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of...
  • Zoroastrians make comeback in northern Iraq, but still face stigma {Kurds converting from Islam to Zoroastrianism}

    10/26/2020 7:25:35 AM PDT · by Cronos · 35 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 2 October 2020 | ILYHF
    According to Yasna, an association that promotes Zoroastrianism in Kurdistan, since 2014 about 15,000 people have registered with the organization, most of them Kurds converting from Islam.Aram Mehdi, an Iraqi Kurd who recently converted from Islam to Zoroastriansim, poses for camera as he holds a pendant representing Zoroaster, in Dohuk, Iraq Carefully tucking his Farvahar pendant under his shirt, Aram Mehdi reminds himself of the core Zoroastrian principles it represents: good words, good thoughts and good deeds.Born and raised in a conservative Muslim family, the 31-year-old Iraqi Kurd from the city of Dohuk, in the north of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan...
  • 88 REASONS Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988 {End Times}

    10/03/2020 1:24:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 153 replies ^ | 1988 | Edgar C Whisenat
    88 reasons why Rosh-hash-ana 1988 must be the time of the church's rapture Reasons 4 and 5 The 69th week of Daniel ended 6 April 30 AD.... the 70ths starts with the day of Atonement 1988 when Antichrist signs the seven-year peace with Israel on 21 Sep 1988, and the 70th week of Daniel ends 7 Jewish years later on the Day of Atonement 1995 at the battle of Armageddon, 5 Oct 1995, thus lasting seven Jewish years.Lunar dates... verify beyond any reasonable doubt that from the DAy of Atonement 1988 through the Day of Atonement 1995 is the 70th...
  • The Palestinians' Most Dangerous Enemy Is Archaeology

    10/10/2020 11:11:05 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | October 7, 2020 | Stephen M. Flatow
    A 2,000-year-old mikvah (ritual bath) was recently uncovered in the Lower Galilee. Most people probably would never have heard about the discovery if not for the dramatic photos of the entire structure being carried by truck to a nearby kibbutz for preservation. The remarkable sight of a truck-borne mikvah, however, also makes one pause and reflect on the remarkable implications of the archeological find. It means that 2,000 years ago, the residents of the Lower Galilee were practicing the exact same religious rituals that Orthodox Jews throughout the world practice today. Those Galileans, in other words, were Jews. They weren't...
  • Demonic Foes: My Twenty-Five Years as a Psychiatrist Investigating Possessions, Diabolic Attacks, and the Paranormal (October 6, 2020 release )

    10/04/2020 12:03:57 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 281 replies
    Amazon Books ^ | October 6, 2020 | Richard Gallagher M.D
    The world’s leading psychiatric authority on demonic possession delves into the hidden world of exorcisms and his own transformation from cynic to believer over the course of his twenty-five-year career. Successful New York psychiatrist Richard Gallagher was skeptical yet intrigued when a hard-nosed, no-nonsense Catholic priest asked him to examine a woman for a possible exorcism. Meeting her, Gallagher was astonished. The woman’s behavior defied logic. In an instant, she could pinpoint a person’s secret weaknesses. She knew how individuals she’d never known had died, including Gallagher’s own mother, who passed away after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She...
  • Mel Gibson is reportedly making ‘Passion of the Christ’ sequel

    09/21/2020 4:50:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 21, 2020 | Johnny Oleksinski
    Actor Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” said writer/director Mel Gibson has written a forthcoming sequel. “Mel Gibson just sent me the third picture, the third draft. It’s coming,” he told Breitbart. “It’s called ‘The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.’ It’s going to be the biggest film in world history.”
  • structuralism vs functionalism in the science vs religion dichotomy

    09/08/2020 11:24:53 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Peter Kreeft, a philosophy prof at Boston College, has the charism of talking across normally impenetrable borders, so, he's a Christian who talks to Atheists, and respects them. He's criticizing George Lucas' 'Star Wars' philosophy. This is at a podcast at queued to about 23:05. He's talking about classifying magic, technology, religion and science, in terms of either a structuralist or a functionalist, a static or a dynamic perspective. The ordering of the list of 4 things above is an attempt to be agnostic about which of the 4 things are put into pairs.A standard, static-structuralist arrangement is for...
  • Book Review: 'What's So Great About Christianity' by Dinesh D'Souza

    08/21/2020 9:58:52 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 10 replies
    Hubpages ^ | July 21, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    "What's So Great About Christianity" by Dinesh D'Souza is a look at the reasons why Christianity is responsible for the success of the Judeo-Christian West and the positives Christianity has wrought around the world. What are the strengths of Dinesh D'Souza's book? And what are the weaknesses of D'Souza's Christian apologetic work?
  • Imaging technology reveals historical layers of Eyckian Lamb of God

    07/29/2020 12:55:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | July 29, 2020 | by University of Antwerp
    1 / 1 Left: Color image after the 1950s treatment. The ears of the Eyckian Lamb were revealed after removal of the 16th century overpaint obscuring the background. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Right: Color image after the 2019 treatment that removed all of the 16th century overpaint, revealing the face of the Eyckian Lamb. The dotted lines indicate the outline of the head before removal of 16th century overpaint. (© - Art in Flanders vzw). Credit: © - Art in Flanders vzw ========================================================================== Two non-invasive chemical imaging modalities were employed to help understand the changes...
  • John Wesley and Being Human

    07/17/2020 2:59:39 PM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 2 replies ^ | 17th July 2020 | Ozguy1945
    We need each other. That is being forgotten. PC fear is dominating discourse and too many people are forgetting to be kind. Hiding in a basement to win more votes? Some people remember to connect.
  • [Barf Alert] Vatican on Hagia Sophia: Don’t Blame Islam

    07/16/2020 7:14:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 16, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    [Barf Alert] Vatican on Hagia Sophia: Don’t Blame Islam VATICAN CITY ( - A Vatican representative is insisting that Turkey's conversion of Hagia Sophia to a mosque should not be seen as "Islamic aggression" even as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fired a shot across the Vatican's bow in an Islamic supremacist speech. "It is the product of the same logic to demand the Vatican be converted into a museum and insist that Hagia Sophia remain as a museum," Erdoğan declared on Turkish television Monday after Turkey's top court annulled President Kemal Atatürk's 1934 decision to turn Hagia Sophia into a museum as...
  • BBC: St. Thomas Becket "Worst Briton of 12th Century" (!!)

    12/28/2005 7:27:15 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies · 2,696+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/27/2005 | n/a
    'Worst' historical Britons named Historians have put together a list of the 10 "worst" Britons of the last 1,000 years. They chose one rogue from each century of the last millennium to compile the list for the BBC History Magazine.Jack the Ripper, King John and Oswald Mosley - founder of the British Union of Fascists - are among the selection. Magazine editor Dave Musgrove said the different "definitions of wickedness" of the 10 historians questioned had led to a diverse list.... The "greedy" Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was nominated by Professor John Hudson, of St Andrews University, as the...
  • New evidence helps form digital reconstruction of most important medieval shrine [Thomas a Becket]

    07/11/2020 3:51:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 6, 2020 | Taylor & Francis Group
    "Unfortunately," Dr John Jenkins, historical researcher on the reconstruction team, says, "there are no contemporary comparators for it; the closest are the shrine bases of St Edward the Confessor at Westminster and St Etheldreda at Ely, both of mid- to late-13th-century date. "So, therefore, our CGI reconstruction uses all currently available evidence including eye-witness accounts; theories from past historians for potential usage of the shrine; date of construction; materials used; specific features; accessibility and location with the church; similar examples elsewhere; as well as those who created it; to reconstruct how the shrine could have looked." Crucially, the team's design...
  • Jews Push Back

    06/21/2020 10:55:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | June 21, 2020 | Adam Guilliette
    You wouldn’t know it from my last name, my tan skin, my North Florida address, or my politics, but I am a Jew. A northeastern Jew, in fact. I not only had a Bar Mitzvah but continued to attend Hebrew School afterward. And while I’d never move back up north, and seldom attend synagogue, I still feel a tremendous sense of pride while watching the Orthodox Jews of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, rebel against their tinpot dictator-mayor. Williamsburg has long been home to Jewish immigrants, including my grandparents and my mother. That’s right, they had a hipster address before it was cool....