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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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Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:19:42 -0400 - BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of police took down a church's cross in eastern China early Monday amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:24:48 -0400 -

People and security personnel stand at the scene of a blast in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on July 24, 2014Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram. At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of the city, the largest in Nigeria's north, police said. "We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that was thrown from across the road" at the church in Kano's Sabon Gari district, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram, he added.


Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:53:44 -0400 - Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:08:08 -0400 -

Pope Francis delivers a speech from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 27, 2014Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis called Sunday on warring parties in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine to put an end to violence which is wounding and killing countless children.


Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:54:27 -0400 - KANO (Reuters) - A bomb attack on a Catholic church in northern Nigeria's main city of Kano killed five people and wounded eight on Sunday, a senior police officer said. The bomber threw the bomb at worshippers on their way out of the church, police commissioner Adenrele Shinaba told Reuters. Police cordoned off the scene. In a separate attack, a female suicide bomber tried to attack police officers on the streets. She killed herself but only wounded to of them, Shinaba said. (Reporting by Nneluke Ikemfuna; Writing by Tim Cocks)
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:54:17 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:12:23 -0400 -

Pope Francis leads a mass at the palace of Caserta in southern ItalyBy James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for nature to be protected from criminal abuse on Saturday during a visit in the southern Italian town of Caserta, near Naples, in a region long blighted by illegal toxic waste dumps and the pervasive grip of the Camorra mafia. During a televised open air mass before around 200,000 people, Francis said that the love of God meant respecting life, the environment and nature. "I know that you suffer for these things," he said in an impromptu remarks during his homily in front of the Reggia di Caserta, the former palace of the old Bourbon kings of Naples. "It is particularly important in this beautiful region of yours which requires being protected and conserved, it requires us to have the courage to say no to any form of corruption and illegality," he said to applause from the crowd.


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:44:00 -0400 -

Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in NaplesPope Francis dropped in on lunch at the Vatican cafeteria on Friday "like a thunderbolt out of the blue," according the restaurant's chef. On Saturday, Pope Francis went on the road to Caserta, described by the AP as "main town in the turf of the Casalesi crime clan of the Naples-area Camorra syndicate." According to the report, the pope had come to speak out against the mob in the wake of the syndicate's illegal poisoning of farmland, which was said to have been done using trafficked waste.  As we noted earlier, Pope Francis has taken an exceptionally aggressive posture against the mafia in Italy.


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:50:54 -0400 -

India's PM Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart Tobgay before the start of their bilateral meeting in New DelhiBy Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in the multi-faith nation. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party swept to power in May after an election campaign that mainly focused on promises to revive the economy but that also made reference to India's majority Hindu identity. Separately, a BJP politician questioned the national identity of an Indian Muslim tennis star, while an ally of the prime minister said India could become a Hindu nation under Modi. "The prime minister needs to come out strongly against such comments in order to reassure the minorities that their apprehensions about the intent of his regime are misplaced ... Silence on his part will only encourage such elements," The Times of India said in an editorial.


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:45:11 -0400 -

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a mass in Caserta, Italy, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Pope Francis will remain in Caserta for a few hours, but will be back here for a private visit on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)CASERTA, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis has traveled to a southern Italian stronghold of a clan of mobsters who poisoned local farmlands by dumping illicitly trafficked toxic waste.


Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:47:45 -0400 -

The world's largest indoor stadium erected by a politically-influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), in Bocaue town, north of Manila, July 21, 2014A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations. The Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members will congregate at a giant complex especially built for the occasion near Manila, in an event that will showcase the religion's stunning success at home and abroad. "The pace of the spread of Iglesia... has exploded," church spokesman Edwil Zabala told AFP during a tour of the "City of Victory" complex, which includes a 55,000-seat indoor stadium, to promote the centenary. The Roman Catholic Church has for centuries been the dominant religious force in the Philippines, a former Spanish colony.


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:03:18 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before leading his Sunday Angelus prayer on July 13, 2014Hopes grew Friday that Pope Francis will pay his first-ever papal visit to the United States in 2015 after a senior cleric said he'd be attending a major Catholic event in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, speaking to Native American Catholics in North Dakota, said the 77-year-old pontiff had personally confirmed to him that he would attend the eighth World Meeting of Families. "Pope Francis had told me he is coming" to the gathering that is scheduled for September 22-27 next year, he said, quoted by the Catholic News Service. In Washington, a spokeswoman for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told AFP: "The Vatican has not confirmed that."


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:38 -0400 -

Iraqi Christians leave Saint-Joseph church after a mass on July 20, 2014 in ArbilThe Vatican has given $40,000 (30,000 euros) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, religious news agency imedia said Friday. Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State insurgents last week ordered the hundreds of Christian families to convert to Islam, pay tribute, or leave the city, prompting thousands to flee. Christians and other minorities who failed to comply were threatened with execution, while the property of those who left the city was forfeited to the Islamic State. The Islamic State, which last month declared a "caliphate" comprising large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, has threatened a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:40 -0400 - SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked two Chilean priests for committing sex abuse against adults and at least one underage minor.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:21:22 -0400 -

Pope Francis Mulls A 2015 US VisitPope Francis might make his way to the United States in 2015, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. According to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, the pontiff will attend a Catholic gathering in Philadelphia called the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. "Pope Francis has told me that he is coming," Chaput told attendees at a conference in Fargo, N.D. "The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week." There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis’ attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:15:46 -0400 -

Pope Francisnhas lunch at the Vatican workers' cafeteria, FridayVATICAN CITY (AP) — Do you make the pope pay for lunch?


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:19:21 -0400 -

Pope Francis blesses Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the Vatican, as shown in this Osservatore Romano photo from July 24, 2014A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting Thursday in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers". The White House in Washington said it was "delighted" Ishaq is now "safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States".


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:10:50 -0400 -

A handout photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis greeting Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanThe White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States. "The United States is delighted that Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq is now safe and free and will soon be traveling to the United States," read a statement released by the President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice. "Today, she and her family have left Sudan on their journey to freedom. Her departure with her immediate family —including her infant daughter, born in custody — is a testament to her unyielding faith and the support she received from friends and allies, including our Embassy in Khartoum and the broader US government," Rice said.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:34:31 -0400 -

Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:25:29 -0400 -

More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on ThursdayMore than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed on Thursday. Some 52 priests have been laicised, or stripped of their ministry, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) said, following the implementation of new procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults. Between 2003 and 2013, 598 abuse allegations against the clergy were reported by dioceses and religious congregations in England and Wales, of which 77 percent were related to sexual abuse, said the NCSC, an independent body that works within the Church framework. "Since 2002, we have automatically referred any allegation that comes forward, historic or current, to the police," NCSC chairman Danny Sullivan told AFP.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:17:06 -0400 -

Meriam Ibrahim, from Sudan, disembarks with her children Maya, in her arms, and Martin, accompanied by Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, after landing from Khartoum, at Ciampino's military airport, on the outskirts of Rome, Thursday, July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison. An Italian diplomat who accompanied the family from Sudan said Italy leveraged its historic ties within the Horn of Africa region to help win her release. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:28:11 -0400 -

Pope Francis meets Meriam IbrahimROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:06:58 -0400 -

A photo released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 24, 2014 shows Pope Francis blessing Sudanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her daughter Maya during a private audience at the VaticanA Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis on Thursday after arriving in Italy en route to the United States. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and her family were received by the Argentine pontiff at his home for a 30-minute meeting in which he thanked her for her "courageous testament of faith" and her "tenacity", the Vatican said in a statement. Ishag and her American husband Daniel Wani in turn thanked Francis for the "great support and comfort" they had taken from "the pope's and many other believers' prayers." The family flew into a military airport in Rome early Thursday and were greeted by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, as well as Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:50:18 -0400 -

Pope Francis blesses Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the VaticanBy Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz ROME/KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan flew into Rome on Thursday in an Italian government plane. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Ibrahim was accompanied on the plane by Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. He told journalists at Rome's Ciampino airport Italy had been in "constant dialogue" with Sudan but did not give any more details on Rome's role in securing her exit.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:37:00 -0400 -

A woman holds a candlelit vigil outside University Hospital Galway in GalwayBy Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights panel has told Ireland it should revise its highly restrictive abortion laws and that allegations of abuse of women and children at Catholic-run homes must be better investigated. Following months of polarizing debate in the Roman Catholic country, Ireland's parliament voted to allow limited access to abortion for the first time last year but restricted it to cases when a woman's life is in danger. The U.N. Human Rights Committee remained highly critical of the law, saying Ireland should revise it to provide for additional exceptions in cases of rape, incest, serious risks to the health of the mother, or fatal fetal abnormality. "The Committee reiterates its previous concern regarding the highly restrictive circumstances under which women can lawfully have an abortion in the state," it said following hearings last week when Committee Chairman Nigel Rodley said Irish law treated women who were raped as a "a vessel and nothing more".


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:50:27 -0400 - ROME (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan arrived at an airport in Rome on Thursday morning on an Italian government plane. Italian television showed Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, leaving the aircraft at Rome's Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italy's vice minister for foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli. (Reporting by Alessandro D'Angelo, writing by Isla Binnie)
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:19:42 -0400 - A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity, and then barred from leaving Sudan, was due to arrive in Italy on Thursday, an Italian government official said. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was on a plane accompanied by Italy's vice minister of foreign affairs, Lapo Pistelli, according to the official who asked not to be named. "Mariam, the young Christian woman held in Khartoum after being condemned to death for apostasy, should be arriving in Italy on a government flight," the official said in a text message, without specifying when the flight had left.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:42 -0400 -

A Palestinians boy sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the grounds of the St. Porphyrios Church in Gaza City, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The Greek Orthodox church had opened its doors to hundreds of displaced Palestinians as tens of thousands have fled their homes in fear of Israeli strikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Muslim families driven from their homes by the fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas are observing Ramadan in Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church.


Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:16:14 -0400 - An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country's ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of Mosul fled to the Kurdish autonomous region last week, ending a presence stretching back nearly 2,000 years, after Islamic State militants set them a deadline to submit to their rule or leave.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:13:09 -0400 -

Displaced Palestinian women walk in the courtyard of a Greek Orthodox church where they are taking shelter in Gaza City, on July 23, 2014For the first time in years, Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old sector of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya. "A big number of women and kids, babies, they don't have homes," Archbishop Alexios told AFP. The eastern district of Gaza City was pummelled by Israeli shelling, in one of the deadliest days of the more than two-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants who control the coastal strip.


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