UPDATE: Steeple Repair at St. Josaphat’s Gets Underway

St Josaphat steeple 2

Finally, work has begun to repair the iconic steeple atop St. Josaphat Catholic Church.The steeple, which dates from 1901, was twisted and severely damaged in a windstorm in November 2013.  The city of Detroit, fearing possible injury to worshippers, ordered the church closed until repairs could be made.Parishioners of Mother of Divine Mercy Parish, the combined cluster parish which includes St. Josaphat's, were asked to attend one of two nearby cluster churches:  Sweetest Heart of Mary o … [Read more...]

Christ With a Toothache, and the Sad, Sad Vandalism of Viennese Churches

Christ With a Toothache

  News broke this week that over the weekend of March 29-30, a vandal destroyed statues and altars in four prominent Viennese churches. At Lazaristenkirche, nearly all of the statues and side altars were destroyed.  Statues were damaged at the Breitenfeld church in Josefstadt, the Neuottakring church in Ottakring, and the Cathedral of St. Stephen (Stephansdom) in Vienna. Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, archbishop of Vienna, described the destruction as "so far the worst act of vandalism in … [Read more...]

Drone Swoops Through Monreale Cathedral for a Birds-Eye View

William II offering the Monreale cathedral to Mary

William the Good may have stood in the great cathedral which he commissioned, staring up at the golden mosaics with pride.Today, armchair tourists can view Monreale Cathedral from a perspective that was not possible during William II's reign:  a close-range aerial tour.At the invitation of the Archdiocese of Monreale, videographer Alexander Spinnato has filmed the cathedral's splendid art utilizing a camera mounted to a drone.  The drone entered through the Romanesque bronze doors, s … [Read more...]