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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, 25 Apr 2015 17:31:21 -0400 -

Nepalese rescue members and onlookers gather at the collapsed Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu on April 25, 2015Pope Francis said he was "deeply saddened" Saturday by the massive earthquake that killed more than a 1,000 people in Nepal and expressed his solidarity with those affected by the tragedy. The pontiff's feelings were expressed in a telegram sent by his Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to the Nepalese Catholic authorities. The pontiff also "offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue their rescue efforts and assistance to those touched by this tragedy." Officials said at least 1,170 people are known to have died in Nepal after the devastating 7.8 magnitude quake, making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation's worst disaster in more than 80 years.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:18:02 -0400 -

More than 100 people were killed and over 200 injured in the 2009 bombing of the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar, PakistanItalian police said Friday they had dismantled an Islamist network they have linked to Osama bin Laden, one of Pakistan's deadliest attacks and, more loosely, a possible plot to bomb the Vatican. A total of 18 people were ordered arrested following a six-year investigation that began with a probe into an illegal immigration racket allegedly run from the island of Sardinia. Prosecutor Mauro Mura told a press conference in Cagliari, Sardinia that members of the network had been in contact with two potential suicide bombers who came to Italy in 2010 and discussed the possibility of attacking the Vatican. The men left Italy when they became aware they were under surveillance and the arrested suspects are not being investigated further on that score, Mura said.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:49:10 -0400 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Many Roman Catholics in San Francisco are sparring over Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:51:40 -0400 -

French soldiers patrol outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in ParisFrench magistrates opened a formal investigation on Friday into a 24-year-old Algerian suspected of murdering a woman and planning a gun attack on churchgoers in a Paris suburb, a judicial source said. Under French law, such a step means there are grounds for suspicion but it does not always mean a case will go to trial. The suspect, an information technology student, was arrested last Sunday when the ambulance service raised the alarm after he called them to treat a gun wound.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:38:30 -0400 - PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office says a formal terror investigation has been opened after the arrest this week of a computer science student who authorities say planned an attack on a church and is suspected in the shooting death of a woman.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:23:04 -0400 -

Still image from video shows Italian Policemen detaining a man suspected to be member of armed organisation inspired by al Qaeda in this still image taken from a video released by Italian PoliceBy Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian police on Friday arrested 10 people and were looking for eight others suspected of belonging to an armed group linked to al Qaeda who had plotted attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan and at least at one point the Vatican. Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Though the 18 suspects were plotting attacks mainly in their native countries, phone taps suggest the Vatican was also a target, said Mauro Mura, chief prosecutor of the Sardinian city of Cagliari, where the group had its headquarters. Mura said officials had indications of a possible plot for an attack against the Vatican in 2010 by members of the group, who had continued to operate across Italy for years after that.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:58:52 -0400 -

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attackMILAN (AP) — An Italian prosecutor says Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:32:51 -0400 -

This April 23, 2015 photo shows a facility purchased by The Social Club, a Nashville, Tenn. swingers club, in a small office park in Nashville. The owners of the club are calling the new facility a church in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. The building is geographically isolated at the end of a dead-end street, but it is near the back of Goodpasture Christian School, a large private school serving pre-school through high school children. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it's now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:30:38 -0400 - Italian police said Friday they were conducting a major anti-terror raid aimed at 18 Al Qaeda-linked suspects who had planned an attack against the Vatican. The expansive raid, carried out in seven provinces, highlights the threat of “sleeper” militants who live double lives in Europe. Mario Carta, the lead investigator, told NBC News that it was a "very well-structured terrorist network" that had been operating out of the island of Sardinia since 2005. All the suspects are Pakistanis or Afghans, and two of the men were purported to be former bodyguards for Osama bin Laden, the slain Al Qaeda leader, the Associated Press reports.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:13:59 -0400 - People being investigated in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the prosecutors leading the probe said on Friday. Cagliari Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican. Police conducted raids across Italy on Friday, targeting 18 people suspected of links with al Qaeda. "We don't have proof, we have strong suspicion," said Mario Carta, head of the police unit leading the investigation said when asked for more details on a possible attack against the seat of the Catholic Church.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:04:49 -0400 - Italian prosecutors say terror suspects sought in Italy had plotted attack against Vatican .
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:52:28 -0400 -

Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Leonard arrives for a meeting with Belgian PM Michel and others religious leaders in BrusselsBelgium's senior Roman Catholic cleric, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, has been ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($10,900) in damages for failing to act on allegations of sexual abuse in the 1990s. The civil case was brought by Joel Devillet, who was abused by a priest while he was a choirboy in the south of Belgium in the late 1980s, when he was 14 years old. "At no moment at the church court was Joel Devillet recognized as a victim," the court said in its judgment, adding that Leonard, in his capacity as bishop of Namur in the 1990s, bore some blame. "The way in which Bishop Leonard treated the case of Joel Devillet constituted misconduct," the court said.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:54:19 -0400 -

Worshippers take part in the canonisation ceremony for Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, April 23, 2015 in Echmiadzin, outside YerevanThe Armenian Church on Thursday conferred sainthood on some 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, as tensions raged over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide. The ceremony, which is believed to be the biggest canonisation service in history, came ahead of commemorations expected to see millions of people including heads of state on Friday mark 100 years since the start of the killings. The two-hour ceremony outside Armenia's main cathedral, Echmiadzin, close to the capital Yerevan, ended at 7:15 pm local time, or 19:15 according to the 24-hour clock (1515 GMT), to symbolise the year when the massacres started during World War I. "During the dire years of the genocide of the Armenians, millions of our people were uprooted and massacred in a premeditated manner, passed through fire and sword, tasted the bitter fruits of torture and sorrow," Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, said at the ceremony.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:58:18 -0400 -

FILE -- In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, left, greets Pope Francis in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Diego Maradona says he's Pope Francis' top fan. The retired Argentina soccer great met with the pope Thursday, April 23, 2015 to help promote an education charity that Francis started in Argentina when he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Diego Maradona says he's Pope Francis' top fan.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:49:21 -0400 - HONOLULU (AP) — A pop star from the 1980s and '90s has been named president of an all-boys Catholic school in Honolulu.
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:46:34 -0400 -

In this April 16, 2015 photo, Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado poses for a portrait in promotion of his role in the upcoming CW Network series NEW YORK (AP) — Diogo Morgado, who played Jesus in the History channel's 2013 miniseries "The Bible," has a new TV series. This time he plays a version of the devil known as The Man.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:53:40 -0400 -

People attend canonisation ceremony for victims of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks at cathedral in EchmiadzinBy Hasmik Mkrtchyan and Margarita Antidze VAGHARSHAPAT, Armenia (Reuters) - The Armenian Apostolic Church on Thursday made saints of up to 1.5 million Armenians at an open-air ceremony to commemorate their killing by Ottoman Turks a century ago. Armenia say the massacres during World War One constitute genocide -- a term used this month by Pope Francis. Muslim Turkey accepts many Christian Armenians were killed in partisan fighting during the war, but denies it amounted to genocide. It was the first time in 400 years that the Armenian Apostolic Church had authorized any canonizations.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:48:42 -0400 -

Rescue workers clear the debris of a collapsed guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun in Lagos on September 17, 2014A verdict on the causes of a deadly church building collapse that killed 116 people in Nigeria's financial hub Lagos will be issued next month, the coroner probing the tragedy said on Thursday. The hearing has been told instead that the guesthouse did not have planning permission and that a number of other buildings at the church were structurally unsound.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:42:15 -0400 -

A police vehicle is parked outside the residence where an IT student -- suspected of planning a church attack -- lived in Paris, on April 22, 2015French police were hunting Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian student whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance. Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the planned attack on one or more churches in the town of Villejuif just south of Paris was the fifth to be thwarted since 2013. It was exposed less than four months after a jihadist killing spree in and around Paris that left 17 people dead. We have never had to face this kind of terrorism in our history," Valls told France Inter radio.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:04:09 -0400 -

An overhaul of the penal code has triggered debate in Morocco, where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbiddenAn overhaul of Morocco's penal code has triggered a lively debate on morality in the conservative North African nation, where homosexuality and sexual relations outside marriage are forbidden. Morocco's penal code has remained largely unchanged since it was first adopted in 1962.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:40:01 -0400 - By Herculano Coroado LUANDA (Reuters) - Nine Angolan policemen and 13 members of a millenarian Christian sect have been killed in clashes in the last week in the central Huambo province, police said, in violence local officials say is being stoked by the main opposition UNITA party. UNITA (the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) denies any role in the violence in Huambo, a party stronghold, and has accused the police of killing "hundreds" of people in revenge attacks since the death of the nine officers. Reuters could not independently confirm the deaths cited by UNITA. Angolan police said its officers were shot dead during raids conducted last week aimed at capturing Jose Kalupeteka, leader of the sect "The Light of the World".
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:15:17 -0400 -

Workers hang a banner showing a portrait of Aurelie Chatelain while a black ribbon is set up around the French flag on the front of the city hall of Caudry, northern France, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was only prevented from opening fire on churchgoers because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday. Aurelie Chatelain, a 32-year-old Frenchwoman visiting Paris for a training session for her work, was found shot to death on Sunday morning in her car. The security official said Chatelain appeared to have been killed at random and ballistics evidence linked her death to the suspect.( AP Photo/Michel Spingler)PARIS (AP) — Investigators are searching for possible accomplices in the planned attack on a church uncovered when the suspect apparently shot himself by accident, France's prime minister said Thursday

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:04:01 -0400 -

The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina, Archbishop Kissag Mouradian, stands outside the Armenian church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The maximum authority of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina says he is proud, but definitely not surprised, that his friend Pope Francis recently called the 1915 massacre of Armenians in Turkey “genocide.” (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina says he is proud, but definitely not surprised, that his friend Pope Francis recently called the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Turkey "genocide."

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:40:46 -0400 -

French Prime Minister Manuel Vall, left, and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, address the medias after a cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, April 21, 2015. An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of heavy weapons planned an imminent attack on one or more French churches, France's top security official said Wednesday, announcing the arrest of the man who is also accused in the death of a young mother, Aurelie Chatelain, a 32-year-old Frenchwoman visiting Paris for a training session for her work. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)PARIS (AP) — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:15:01 -0400 -

A police vehicle is parked outside the student residence where an It student -- suspected of planning an attack on churches -- lived in Paris, on April 22, 2015France said Wednesday it had foiled a jihadist plot to attack a church after an Algerian who accidentally shot himself was found with a stash of weapons and documents mentioning Islamist militant groups. The 24-year-old IT student Sid Ahmed Ghlam's plans were exposed purely by chance after he called an ambulance saying he had been shot during an armed robbery at his Paris home, prosecutor Francois Molins told journalists. The suspect, who was admitted to a Paris hospital after his arrest, was known to intelligence services over comments on social networks expressing his desire to go and fight in Syria alongside jihadists, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:27:44 -0400 -

Pope Francis, center, exchanges his skull cap with one donated to him by a pilgrim as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)HAVANA (AP) — Cubans welcomed the news Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit in September, with many calling it a powerful reinforcement of his support for detente between the United States and Cuba.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:43:28 -0400 - UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is urging European leaders to act swiftly to address the growing migrant crisis during their emergency summit Thursday, and he says he will discuss the issue in his audience with Pope Francis next week.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:23:06 -0400 - By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A four-decade tradition of people mud-wrestling pigs at a Wisconsin church's summer fundraiser has been halted after 81,000 people signed an online petition pressed by animal rights activists who raised concerns about animal abuse. The "Original Pig Rassle" will be replaced this August after 44 years by a human mud foosball tournament, St. Patrick's Parish in Stephensville, Wisconsin, said in a statement. "We are simply doing something different this year ... we are simply moving in a different direction," Deacon Ken Bilgrien said Wednesday. Bilgrien declined to discuss the controversy that has engulfed the fundraiser for the church, which is about 35 miles west of Green Bay in central Wisconsin.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:21:16 -0400 -

Pope Francis played a role in the diplomatic thaw between the US and CubaPope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the US, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island which is home to many Roman Catholics will be the third by a pope after Jean Paul II in 1998 and Benedict XVI in 2012. The Holy See has said that the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff had personally mediated between the United States and Cuba, with the Vatican hosting delegations from the two countries in October.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:09:18 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of frozen antagonism. Last December, Havana and Washington announced after 18 months of secret diplomacy brokered by the pope's diplomats and Canada that the two sides were working to reopen embassies in their respective capitals. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi did not specify how long the stop in Cuba would last, saying only that Francis had accepted invitations made by the Cuban government and the Cuban Roman Catholic Church.

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