November 17, 2013 |
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
February 27, 2011 |
During the winter of 1941 everyone in Shanghai was showing war films.... To Jim's dismay, even the Dean of Shanghai Cathedral had equipped himself with an antique projector. ? "Empire of the Sun" "Empire of the Sun," J.G. Ballard's atmospheric novel about his coming of age in China, opens on the eve of Pearl Harbor. Shanghai Cathedral choir boys are being marched to the crypt to watch newsreels of Royal Air Force fighter planes falling in flames to the English countryside.
August 25, 2009 |
As far as the Rev. Darrell Best knows, he has the fastest church in Illinois. His 1942 firetruck is by no means a Ferrari, but it is equipped as a fully functioning chapel. "I've had it up to 55 mph," Best said. "It gets a lot of attention on the highway." Mechanics from the Country Music Television show "Trick My Truck" did the conversion after Best's family wrote to the program last year. The chapel has stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, an altar and two wooden pews.
October 13, 1986 |
When Demond Wilson surreptitiously slid into a pew on the stage of the Ephesian Church, his hand-tailored dark blue Italian suit couldn't conceal the 25 pounds he'd gained since he appeared on the "Sanford and Son" television series in the mid-'70s. "Yea, that's Lamont," a woman whispered to a fellow parishioner as she pointed toward Wilson, who as Lamont had played the foil to the irreverent Redd Foxx during the comedy's 1972-77 prime-time run on NBC.
October 27, 2012
Re "Sis boom bad ruling," Editorial, Oct. 24 So much for the adage, "There's a time and a place for everything. " There was a time, not too many decades ago, when posting Bible verses around football stadiums would have been considered blasphemous. Fine, then, free speech cuts both ways. Let's start seeing some football posters on church walls and copies of Sports Illustrated in the pews and hearing some play-by-play commentary during sermons. Maybe during a dull spot in the service we can choose sides and get in a quick game; the pews can be yard markers.
June 14, 2010 |
On a back street in urban Cleveland, Hungarian immigrants built St. Emeric Catholic Church, where a dozen stained glass windows recall their history and a mural of their first king, St. Stephen, overlooks the altar. For more than 100 years, waves of Hungarians swept into Cleveland from the wars and upheavals in Europe, finding work in the area's steel mills and auto plants. They were part of a tide of Eastern Europeans who became a backbone of the industrial economy here. But the factories have been closing in recent decades, and now the churches are closing too. Under orders of Cleveland Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon, St. Emeric parish will be eliminated and the church, along with an adjoining Hungarian Boy Scout center and a cultural school, will be closed.