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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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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:18:59 -0400 -

In this file photo, Sri Lankan Catholic devotees are seen gathering for mass on Good Friday, in Colombo, on April 2, 2010The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka on Tuesday asked the government to clarify its plans for a snap presidential election, amid fears the polls will scupper a planned visit by the Pope.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:53:14 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has demanded that world governments do more to prevent a possible "new genocide" in northern Iraq and Syria, and for Muslim leaders in particular to repudiate the Islamic State militants who are killing and exiling the region's Christians.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:16:10 -0400 -

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, left, greets Pope Francis prior to the start of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:02:06 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after a papal mass for the beatification of Paul VI, in St Peter's Square on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos."

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:43:24 -0400 -

Pope Francis celebrates a mass for the beatification of former pope Paul VI in St. Peter's square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. ...

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:37:08 -0400 -

The Vatican Backpedals on Support for Gays and DivorceesAs a Vatican assembly on the family came to a close on Saturday, bishops ditched a document believed to signal a major shift in how the Church views gays and remarried Catholics, thus rejecting the vision of Pope Francis to chart a more ecumenical approach to ministering to Catholics around the globe. So sharply divided were the bishops that they could not even approve a watered-down version of the text that would provide ministering to homosexuals.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:02:17 -0400 - Gay advocacy groups in the United States have responded with disappointment after Pope Francis' attempt to extend a more welcoming hand to gays and divorced Catholics was turned aside by a synod of bishops in Rome Saturday.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:32:26 -0400 -

A tapestry showing late Pope Paul VI hangs on St Peter's basilica during a papal mass for his beatification the on October 19, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:35:41 -0400 -

Copies of the Osservatore Romano Vatican newspaper with a photo of Pope Paul VI on the front page are seen over empty chairs prior to the arrival of Pope Francis to celebrate his beatification ceremony and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI on Sunday at the end of a remarkable meeting of Catholic bishops discussing family life, marriage, divorce, sex and gay unions. Paul VI oversaw the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 world-wide church meetings which brought the Catholic Church into modern times. The parallels between Francis and Paul, and the divisive issues both men confronted, are significant. Here are 5 Things to Know about Paul VI.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:44:43 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter's square on October 15, 2014 at the VaticanVatican City (AFP) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday failed to reach a consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:21:03 -0400 -

Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history. The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions within the Church on issues such as reaching out to homosexuals and Catholics who have divorced and re-married in civil services. ...

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:11:22 -0400 - NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of members of New York's Greek Orthodox community attended a blessing ceremony Saturday for a new church near ground zero in Lower Manhattan that will replace a house of worship that was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:10:17 -0400 -

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 16, 2014 in MilanVietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:46:53 -0400 - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:11:23 -0400 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:07:30 -0400 - A Pakistani high court has upheld the death sentence given to Asia Bibi, a jailed Christian woman convicted of blasphemy in 2010, whose case at the time played into an atmosphere of recrimination and spawned several murders of prominent human rights and political figures.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:56:58 -0400 - By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said. Hsan Hsint, who was sacked on June 19, was handed a 10-year prison term and 100,000 kyat ($100) fine for sedition, lawyer Tin Tun told Reuters, and an additional three-year sentence for a charge of siphoning off state funds worth $10,000. Tin Tun said prosecutors failed to provide concrete evidence of Hsan Hsint's guilt. ...
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:36:32 -0400 -

Kenyan bishops called for a boycott of the country's tetanus vaccination campaignNairobi (AFP) - Kenya on Friday said a tetanus vaccination campaign was entirely safe and would save children's lives, dismissing claims by the country's Roman Catholic church that it made women infertile.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:56:02 -0400 -

A member of a gay activist group holds a sign in front of St. Peter's square in VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican made key changes to an English translation of passages about homosexuality in a divisive document on Thursday, watering down a message that had been seen as a major shift in its tone on gay people. The alterations pointed to continued tensions between conservatives and progressive bishops at the closed-door assembly, known as a synod, which is discussing family issues such as homosexuality, divorce and birth control. ...

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:51 -0400 -

Pope Francis greets a Vatican Swiss Guard as he arrives for a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:54:07 -0400 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Pastor accused of affairs, not revealing he had AIDS temporarily banned from church.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:09:58 -0400 -

Pakistani and Italian protesters hold posters reading A Pakistani court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy four years ago, as her lawyers vowed to appeal.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:03:08 -0400 - By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court upheld the death penalty on Thursday against a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, her lawyer said, in a case that drew global headlines after two prominent politicians who tried to help her were assassinated. In 2010, Asia Bibi, a mother of four, became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. She is alleged to have made derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. ...
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:02:32 -0400 -

Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to begin the conclave in order to elect a successor to Pope Benedict at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will restrict the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel to 6 million a year to protect Michelangelo's delicate frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists, an official said on Thursday. Visitors to the chapel - where popes are elected in secret conclaves - can reach 20,000 a day in summer, with up to 2,000 people inside at a time. Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes, which are more than 500 years old. ...

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:07:30 -0400 - The City of Houston ignited a First Amendment free-speech debate by issuing subpoenas to evangelical Christian leaders demanding they turn over their sermons – and all other communications – regarding a new city ordinance providing protections to the LGBT community.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:52:20 -0400 -

Bishops and Cardinals attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:26:29 -0400 -

In this picture released by the Vatican press office Pope Francis holds the Libertadores Cup flanked by members of Argentinian San Lorenzo's football team, during his weekly audience on August 20, 2014 at the VaticanBerlin (AFP) - Bayern Munich players and their Spanish coach Pep Guardiola will have a private audience with Pope Francis next week, the German club announced Wednesday.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:48:00 -0400 - A number of conservative bishops around the world are beginning to push back as Pope Francis tries to reshape the pastoral tenor of the Roman Catholic Church, attempting to bring a more inclusive and accepting ethos to the globe’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:54:20 -0400 - Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:47:20 -0400 -

Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the VaticanBy Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Conservative Roman Catholic prelates on Tuesday vowed to change a controversial Vatican document that held out the possibility of a major shift in the Church's attitude towards homosexuals. The document, issued on Monday, said homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples. ...

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