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October 3, 2013 |
In his church office, pastor Chuck Smith kept a crown made of thorns and a jar full of candy. The thorns were from the Holy Land. The candy was for his grandkids. The image suggested his special appeal as a preacher: A harsh, old-school Christianity delivered with grandfatherly sweetness. Smith, the founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement, and one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity, died Thursday morning at his home in Newport Beach after a two-year battle with lung cancer, church officials said.
May 14, 2013 |
Desperate to find your great-grandmother's wedding ring -- the one you lost while cleaning house one day? You might try asking St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost items, to help. Or take your plea one step further and visit the good friar's Colima, Mexico , chapel, which will turn 100 on June 13, St. Anthony's Day. The chapel, at Hacienda de San Antonio , an upscale resort in Mexico's highlands, was established in 1913 when the nearby Colima Volcano threatened to destroy the area.
March 14, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY -- In his first mass as head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis delivered a stern homily in the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals had elected him as the 266th pope a day earlier. Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, "He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon. " LIVE DISCUSSION: Join our live video chat at 2 p.m. PT Standing before Michelangelo's fresco of the "Last Judgment," the new pontiff added, "When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord.
March 12, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY -- Looking solemn at the task before them, senior prelates of the Roman Catholic Church filed into the Sistine Chapel and locked themselves in Tuesday afternoon to begin the process of voting for a new pope under conditions of utmost secrecy. The 115 cardinals swore oaths on the Bible to keep their proceedings confidential and are now allowed to communicate with the outside world only through smoke signals, from a chimney on the chapel roof, to signify the outcome of the balloting.
March 9, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - The chimney is up, the tourists are out and the cardinals are on deck. Final preparations were underway Saturday in Michelangelo's splendid Sistine Chapel for the conclave of prelates who will elect a new pope to head the Roman Catholic Church. Journalists were given a look inside the famed chapel where the red-hatted cardinals, the “princes” of the church, will begin their secret proceedings Tuesday to try to settle on a new leader from within their ranks. FULL COVERAGE: Choosing the next pope At the back of the frescoed interior sat the pair of stoves that will be the 115 cardinals' only form of communication with the outside world.
December 28, 2012 |
Tourists visiting the Sistine Chapel next Christmas can expect a slightly different experience than in years or centuries past, one that just might send chills up their spine. On their way in to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, visitors will step into an area with stronger air conditioning and a new vaccum-cleaning system that sucks up dust from their clothes. Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, told Lauretta Colonnelli of the Corriere della Sera newspaper that he plans to renovate existing climate controls and install the new cleaning system by the end of 2013.