Should the Catholic Church Sell St. Peter’s Basilica to Help the Poor?

St Peters Basilica in Rome

"I looked up at the great basilica, and I had two reactions:  First, I appreciated its beauty and reverence; but then I thought, 'What corruption caused someone to spend so much on this building when people are hungry'?" *     *     *     *     * I made a new friend on the train this week.  Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic.  As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I'd been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things:  abo … [Read more...]

Saving St. Josaphat’s Steeple: An Update

St. Josaphat steeple 2

Last November, I reported on the serious damage done to the iconic steeple at St. Josaphat Catholic Church during a heavy windstorm.At the time, with the steeple twisted and so many slate tiles missing, it was necessary to close the church and redirect parishioners to another church in the downtown Detroit cluster.Here's a peek at the work being done.  The campaign to save the steeple has brought in donations totaling more than $90,000; but more is needed.  Total repair costs will reach a … [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...]


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