400-Year-Old Crucifix Uncovered in Newfoundland

The 3-centimeter crucifix which was unearthed in Newfoundland

An undergraduate student assisting at an archeological dig on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula has made a spectacular discovery:  a 400-year-old copper crucifix.The crucifix is considered particularly important since the colony which once stood at that spot was English, and Catholics were severely persecuted in England at the time.  It was, then, most likely owned by someone who fled religious persecution in England and found freedom here.Anna Sparrow, who attends Memorial University in S … [Read more...]

The Amazing Rock-Cut Churches of Lalibela

Ethiopia - Mass - underground church

Recently I came upon this photo of worshippers gathered for Mass in Ethiopia:"WHAT?" I thought. "Where is this?!"And so began my research into the fantastic rock-cut underground churches in Lalibela.In the twelfth century, King Lalibela, a member of the Zagwe dynasty which had seized the throne of Ethiopia around 1000 A.D., sought support from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  To garner support, he commissioned a series of twelve extraordinary churches in the small town of Roha … [Read more...]

Buon Compleanno, Roma! The Eternal City May Be Older Than We Thought!

Rome

As the city of Rome prepares to celebrate its 2,767th birthday on April 21, archeologists have uncovered evidence that the city may be even older than they thought.Tradition is that the city of Rome was founded on April 21, 753 B.C. by two brothers, Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a wolf.But on Sunday, April 13, archeologists reported that they'd unearthed evidence of a wall which had been constructed at least 200 years earlier than that.  Patrizia Fortini, head of the Roman Forum … [Read more...]


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