WAIT, I WASN'T DONE! Orvieto Sights and Shops

Yesterday, I told you a little about Orvieto, the quaint Umbrian city that overlooks the Italian vineyards, like a diamond solitaire atop a precious ring.  But I wasn't done being effusive!  Orvieto is, in a way, a caricature of central Italy, a Disney-esque impression of an Italian city that's more... well, more Italian than the pope. Here are some of the things I neglected to share yesterday:  the city's narrow, cobblestoned streets, the open air shopping.  The dank tunnels in the Orvieto Und … [Read more...]

ON TWO WINGS: THE ARTIFICIAL SEPARATION OF FAITH AND SCIENCE

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. --Psalm 19:1Lonely planet: It’s not a plaintive 1950s love song.“Lonely planet” is the name given by scientists to a newly discovered type of planet which floats freely in the dark, without a star to go around.A team of astronomers led by David Bennett of Notre Dame, using a 5.9-foot telescope in New Zealand, reported this week in the journal Nature that they had discovered ten of these myste … [Read more...]

THE POPE AND THE POOR: You Finish the Picture

Over at his website, “Father Z” posted this picture of a new, 16-foot-high bronze statue of Blessed John Paul II.  The statue was unveiled on March 19 at Stazione Termini, Rome’s main train station. I don’t know the artist’s intent in creating the cavernous belly, but I imagine future generations of pilgrims posing for pictures, shielded beneath our beloved pope’s generous heart. *     *     *     *     *        I was reminded of another statue which stands outside the cathedral in Salzburg, … [Read more...]


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