Rio’s “Christ the King” Struck by Lightning Again – UPDATED

Lightning - Rio statue 2

Early this morning, Rio's towering statue of Christ the Redeemer was struck by lightning. The London Mirror has the photo, which was captured during a heavy storm along the coast of Brazil in the early hours of the morning. This is not the first time the famed statue has been damaged during a thunderstorm.  In 2008, a lightning strike caused damage to the head and fingers, requiring restoration work. The 100-foot statue has been called the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoon at the Movies: MARY OF NAZARETH

The Holy Family in the cave at Bethlehem

Today I attended a sponsored screening of the new motion picture Mary of Nazareth, which has just been released by Ignatius Press. First off, let me tell you:  I loved it.  This full-length feature film about the life of Mary, the mother of God, was filmed in Europe and shot in English in high definition.  It seemed to me to be a living, moving Carravaggio painting—with its rich color palette and the subtle interplay of light and shadows. The film vividly captures the essence of … [Read more...]

The Sudarium of Oviedo: The “Other Shroud” of Jesus


And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. John 20:6-7 What exactly are we talking about here? The “linen wrappings”—well, that’s the shroud, what has become known as the Shroud of Turin.  But what about this “face cloth” that was rolled up in a separate place? It was Jewish custom at the … [Read more...]