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Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP p827
The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts
Wed, 16 May 2007 21:25:55 -0400 - Current Exhibition
Image and Likeness

Carole Baker, Curator

For this exhibition, artists were invited to observe Christ’s presence in the world in which we find ourselves. Of the work represented here, Curator Carole Baker says the artists "reveal the varied and apparently random ways Jesus makes himself present in our lives. Some reflect mountaintop experiences while some reflect the truth witnessed on the cross. But they share the understated affirmation that God continues to use artists to see and show the mysterious ways Jesus participates in all aspects of our lives."
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Wed, 16 May 2007 21:28:06 -0400 - Illustrated Word
A Pentecost Day by Judy Krum
Artwork, Filled with the Spirit, by Donna Shasteen

What a day! Judy Krum describes a Pentecost Day in all its glory.

the leaves marched in procession
behind the banner of the Dove,
        the spirit of newness and hope.
A Pentecost Day.

The poem is accompanied by a mixed media piece by artist Donna Shasteen that is inspired by Ephesians 5.18, "... be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs ...".
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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:24:26 -0500 - INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturbance during an upstate New York service, according to prosecutors.
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Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, the cardinal who runs the Vatican after the death or resignation of a pontiff. Tauran, 71, succeeds Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who turned 80 this month, the age when cardinals can no longer enter a conclave to elect a pope. Whether the papacy is left vacant by death or resignation, the camerlengo runs the ordinary affairs of the Vatican city-state until a new pope is elected in a secret conclave. ...

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:25:51 -0500 -

Indian PM Modi addresses an election campaign rally at KathuaBy Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government's reform agenda. Modi has in recent weeks come under fire for being slow to rein in his hardline affiliate groups that are allegedly trying to promote a Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert to Hinduism. ...

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:04:29 -0500 - ROME (AP) — The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, the head of the order said.
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Sakeena Majeed sits in the living room of her mother's home in Cleveland Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The 24-year-old Muslim woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Cuyahoga County, alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)CLEVELAND (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:37:48 -0500 -

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is presented with a gift by Verona mayor Flavio Tosi, left, in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)VATICAN CITY (AP) — A little-known book about Cuba by Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — provides new insight into his views on Cuban society, Marxism and the U.S. trade embargo that helped inform his behind-the-scenes role in helping bring about the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:30:32 -0500 -

A guard stands near the crib and a Christmas fir tree in St Peter's Square after being illuminated during the unveiling ceremony on December 19, 2014 at the VaticanThe Christmas lights went on at the Vatican Friday, sending out what Pope Francis described as a message of "light, hope and love" at the end of an extraordinary year for the Catholic Church. As the fairy lights sparkled into life on the 25-metre fir tree on St Peter's square, there was also an early unveiling of a giant nativity scene inspired by an Italian opera. Equally eagerly awaited, and scheduled shortly afterwards, was the switching on of a new LED system for the exterior illumination of St Peter's itself, which was expected to make the cathedral's famous facade and dome an even more spectacular part of the Roman nightscape than ever before. The nativity scene at St Peter's is usually not unveiled until Christmas Eve.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:10:08 -0500 -

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See. The collective expertise in America's southern hemisphere is a shift from the largely Europe-oriented foreign policy priorities of the Vatican under previous popes, particularly Polish-born Pope John Paul II, who is credited with helping bring down the Iron Curtain. ...

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:37:38 -0500 -

Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around." Francis, 78, met ...

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:32:44 -0500 -

Pope Francis says he won't be attending the 2024 Olympics in Rome if the city wins the right to host the gamesPope Francis said Friday he will not still be in the Vatican in ten years' time. Greeting athletes and officials from the Italian National Olympic Committee, the 78-year-old pontiff wished them well with their bid to host the 2024 Games, but said he would not be around to watch them. "Dear friends, best wishes for Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games," he said.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:18:15 -0500 - REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Coroner: Boy becomes 4th person to die after car crashes into crowd outside California church.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:39:15 -0500 -

Pope Francis smiles as he leaves after an audience with Italian athletes in St. Peter's Basilica at the VaticanVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them. Francis, who turned 78 on Wednesday, improvised the comment at the end of an address to members of Italy's national Olympic committee. After offering "best wishes for your candidacy," the pope, an avid soccer fan, paused, smiled and added: "But I won't be here," bringing laughter to the group in a Vatican hall. ...

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:05:36 -0500 -

Pope Francis salutes at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:48:49 -0500 - For a man who desires nothing from the material world, it was perhaps the perfect birthday present.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:21:41 -0500 -

Egyptian police sit in a courtroom during the a trial for 23 pro-democracy activists at a court in Cairo, on October 26, 2014An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said. Followers of Morsi have been the target of a relentless crackdown by the authorities since he was deposed in July 2013 by ex-army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The criminal court in Assiut in southern Egypt sentenced two defendants to 15 years each, while the others were given jail terms ranging from one year to 10, the source said. They were accused of taking part in acts of violence in Assiut last year during which five churches, several police stations and a number of shops were set on fire.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:32:52 -0500 -

A homeless woman sleeps at the Termini train station in Rome. Pope Francis is sending sleeping bags out to homeless people in the Italian capital this winterPope Francis marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday. Konrad Krajewski, the archbishop in charge of the pope's charity work, led an operation in which a minibus packed with 400 sleeping bags carrying a papal ensign toured around the Italian capital on Wednesday evening looking for people to give them to. Francis turned 78 on Wednesday and eight homeless people were among the people he greeted at the end of his audience in St Peter's square.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:01:35 -0500 - (Reuters) - Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The driver ran into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk after leaving St. James Catholic Church, before crashing head-on into another car around 8 p.m. local time, police said in a statement. Emergency workers treated about 12 people, including at least one child, at the scene who were then transported to hospitals, police said. ...
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:48:02 -0500 -

People stand outside in Little Havana on December 17, 2014 in Miami, FloridaPope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana. In a personal coup for the pope, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in bringing together the global capitalist superpower and the tiny communist island. The Vatican said the pope had appealed to US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro to end the standoff, offering negotiators his offices in October, paving the way for "solutions acceptable to both parties". Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state now seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election, endorsed Obama's move.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:08:24 -0500 -

Reverend Libby Lane was named as the next bishop of Stockport, in a dramatic new step for England's state church after years of wrangling and division over the moveStockport (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The Church of England on Wednesday named a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:02:04 -0500 -

Pope Francis passes by a balloon reading Hundreds of couples performed a tango on St Peter's square on Wednesday in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, a proud Argentinian who was reportedly a mean dancer himself in his youth. With the recent gloomy weather giving way to sparkling sunshine and an azure sky, an even higher authority than the pontiff appeared to have given his blessing to the celebrations. The pope was born Jose Bergoglio on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, also the birthplace of the tango, a sultry dance with strong sexual connotations that was once described as a sensual metaphor for life. Non-dancing well-wishers came bearing gifts including a birthday cake and mate, a traditional Argentinian drink, before listening to the leader of the world's Catholics issue a solemn condemnation of recent terrorist atrocities in Pakistan, Yemen and Australia.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:25:24 -0500 -

A man holds a Cuban flag in Little Havana as people absorb the news that US President Barack Obama wants to change US-Cuba policy, on December 17, 2014 in MiamiThe US-Cuba normalization process began in secret in spring 2013 in Canada and accelerated after the personal intervention of Pope Francis, culminating in Wednesday's historic announcement. US President Barack Obama authorized his administration to launch exploratory discussions with Cuban officials last year -- but wanted the talks conducted north of the US border, crucially away from the prying eyes of Washington's press corps. By June 2013, the first face-to-face talks on normalizing US relations with the communist-ruled island were held in Canada, followed by a "series of discussions" between that time and last month, according to a senior US administration official. During some 18 months of back-and-forth, the two sides took advantage of "multiple" avenues of communication, the US official said, including through the US interests section in Havana, Cuba's interests section in Washington, and their United Nations missions.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:46:16 -0500 -

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is presented with a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday, and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history's first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of diplomacy, especially for a cause it has long championed.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:40:36 -0500 -

CUBA-USA/By Warren Strobel and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The historic breakthrough in U.S.-Cuban relations began in spring 2013, when President Barack Obama authorized secret talks with Havana, the same tactic he used to open nuclear negotiations with Iran. Months of talks in Canada and at the Vatican, involving one of Obama's closest aides, culminated on Tuesday when Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spoke by phone for nearly an hour and gave final assent to steps that could end a half-century of enmity and reshape Western Hemisphere relations. Obama believed that "if there is any U. ...

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:29:15 -0500 -

Pope Francis prays at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has added a second survivor of priestly sex abuse to his commission of experts advising the Vatican on child protection policies, tapping a self-described "thorn in the side of the church" who has criticized the church's response to the scandal.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:53:15 -0500 -

Pope Francis makes the sign of the cross during a meeting at the Vatican on December 15, 2014Pope Francis's pivotal role in a landmark breakthrough in US-Cuba relations was the latest coup for a pontiff whose personality and popularity have made him an influential player on the global stage. As the world digested news of the historic rapprochement, it emerged that the Vatican had played a central role in bringing together the global capitalist superpower and the tiny communist island whose mutual animosity once brought the planet to the brink of nuclear war. The success reflects how, barely 18 months after he was elected the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Francis has given Vatican diplomacy the kind of profile it has not enjoyed since Jean-Paul II was being seen as a key player in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in eastern Europe. Underlining the extent to which Vatican diplomacy has been given new impetus under Francis, a statement said the Argentinian pope would continue to support the opening of a new chapter in relations between the former adversaries.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:33:11 -0500 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations for the release of ailing U.S. aid worker Alan Gross lasted for about a year, with significant involvement by the Vatican, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin told Reuters on Wednesday. Durbin said the White House called him on Tuesday night with the news of Gross' pending release. "I was overjoyed by this news," Durbin told Reuters by telephone from Joint Base Andrews, a military base outside of Washington, where Gross was expected to land within hours. But there were already quick objections to the news from some U.S. lawmakers. ...
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:33:11 -0500 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday congratulated the United States and Cuba on their decision to establish diplomatic relations, and the Vatican said it was ready to support the strengthening of bilateral relations. In a statement, the Vatican also confirmed that its diplomats facilitated talks between the two countries, "resulting in solutions acceptable to both parties. ...
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:33:11 -0500 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis and the Vatican played a key role in the reopening of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba and the release of imprisoned American Alan Gross, senior Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. The Vatican worked closely with both sides and hosted in-person meetings between Cuban and U.S. officials. Pope Francis, the first Latin-American pope, sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro urging them to resolve Gross's case and pursue a closer relationship, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:33:53 -0500 -

How the Pope Helped Bring the United States and Cuba TogetherAs more details emerge about the watershed normalizing of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, we're learning more about the instrumental role that Pope Francis played in helping to bring American and Cuban leaders together.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:07:15 -0500 - ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's main opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari has picked southern Christian lawyer Yemi Osinbajo to be his running mate in elections set for February 2015, the party leader said on Wednesday. Choosing a Christian from the south to run for the number two job alongside a Muslim northern presidential candidate fits a pattern in Nigerian elections of trying to balance ethnic and religious sentiments to maximize voter appeal. ...
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