The Amazing Rock-Cut Churches of Lalibela

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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...]

Crystal Cathedral: Was the Holy Spirit the Highest Bidder?

Since 1980 the Crystal Cathedral—that prismatic glass tower that slices Garden Grove’s cerulean skies—has refracted the seven colors of the spectrum in the California sun.  Soon, though, the familiar landmark will shine with the light of the Catholic faith and the seven sacraments.“I don’t think it’ll happen,” said Tim Busch on Monday, November 14, referring to the Diocese of Orange’s bid to acquire the iconic Crystal Cathedral, home to famed televangelist Robert H. Schuller’s “Hour of Power” … [Read more...]


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