Don Piper Was Dead–and Then He Wasn’t. Now a New Movie Tells His Incredible and Moving Story.

90 Minutes in Heaven

Don Piper was dead--and then he wasn't.Pastor Don Piper died on January 25, 1989, when the vehicle he was driving was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer truck while crossing a narrow bridge.  By the time rescue workers arrived at the Texas bridge where the truck had crushed his car, his mangled body had no pulse and paramedics declared him dead.  For the next 90 minutes, with a tarp covering his body, Don experienced love, joy and life like he never had before.Don was in heaven--or at l … [Read more...]

Willy Herteller, Homeless Man, Laid to Rest in Vatican Gardens

Willy Herteller is home at last.Willy, a homeless man who had migrated from Belgium to the streets of Vatican City, died December 12, but no one came forward to claim his body.  He had no known family in Rome.  No one was certain of his age, although he appeared to be about 80.But Willy was a man of prayer, and was a familiar face to many in the area surrounding the Vatican.  He attended daily Mass--by some accounts, twice a day--and received the Eucharist.  Father Bruno Silvestrini, pas … [Read more...]

Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]


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