Leonardo da Vinci’s Final Masterpiece, St. Anne, Draws Crowds at The Louvre

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential “Renaissance man”—skilled in mathematics, music, science, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany, architecture and writing.An engineer by trade, he developed rudimentary plans for the helicopter, military tank, solar power, and the calculator; but none of these were developed in his lifetime. He conceptualized the theory of plate tectonics; but science had not advanced to the stage where this information could be utilized or even tested. He made im … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Vatican City!

Who knew?On February 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed.   (Actually, the Treaty was ratified in June of that year—so I guess the date to pop open the chianti would be June 7.)Anyway, in case you’ve forgotten your European history, the Lateran Treaty established a comfortable working relationship between the Church (in this case, more exactly, Vatican City) and the State (in this case, Italy).  The Treaty was signed by Benito Mussolini representing the Italian government, and Cardinal Pi … [Read more...]

Big News for Archeology and for Christendom: Tomb of Apostle Philip Uncovered in Turkey

He’s kind of like the “Come and See” Saint.-- Philip brought to Jesus his friend Nathaniel who, along with Philip, dropped what he was doing and became a follower of Christ.-- He brought to Jesus the boy with a basket of food, and so witnessed the miracle of the loaves and fishes.-- And Philip wanted to see for himself—so he asked Jesus, at the Last Supper, to show him the Father. *     *     *     *     * The archeological world has been abuzz this week with the news that the tomb of the a … [Read more...]