La Verna: St. Francis’ Hilltop Home-Away-From-Home

All the bells summon the monks to prayer.

St. Francis, after whom our new pope is named, is most often associated with the Italian village  of Assisi.  And fair enough:  Assisi was home base for Francis and the other monks of the Order of Friars Minor.Sometimes, though, he just needed to get away.  That’s what happened when, in August 1224, Francis withdrew to La Verna, about a day’s walk away, for an extended 40-day period of prayer and fasting.Pope Francis has invited the monks of La Verna to attend his inaugural Mass tomorrow … [Read more...]

Satan Is a Doppelgänger for Obama In Episode 3 of “The Bible”

Satan as Obama in The Bible

Glenn Beck was the first person to point this out, but the image is becoming a media sensation:In Episode 3 of the miniseries “The Bible”, created by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, it appears that President Obama makes a cameo appearance as Satan.  He wears a black hood—to differentiate the Prince of Lies from the angels who come as visitors in other scenes, I suppose.Before the rumor goes viral, I’ve got to tell you that it’s not really Obama.  The actor playing Satan is Mohamen Mehdi Oua … [Read more...]