November 6, 2013 |
Constitutional issues involving the separation of church and state are full of paradoxes, and Wednesday's argument in the Supreme Court over prayers at town meetings illuminated one of them. The justices were reviewing a federal appeals court's ruling that the town of Greece, N.Y., violated the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment by beginning most of its monthly meetings with explicitly Christian prayers, some of them very detailed theologically. A lawyer for two citizens who opposed the prayer - one a Jew, one an atheist - asked the court to rule that prayers at government meetings must be nonsectarian.
July 24, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis on Wednesday landed at a much-cherished shrine honoring the Virgin Mary on the first full day of his activities in the Americas. The Argentine-born Francis flew from a rainy, overcast Rio de Janeiro to Aparecida, about 100 miles from Sao Paulo, site of a red-brick basilica that celebrates a black image of the mother of Christ. Millions of Catholics make pilgrimages to Aparecida every year. He was scheduled to preside over Mass at the shrine to “Our Lady Who Appeared,” patron saint of Brazil, and lunch with bishops and seminarians.
April 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Sucking on a cigarette and swigging from a bottle of spirits, the Virgin Mary isn't looking all that virginal in Colm Tóibín's defiantly strange, inescapably controversial and at moments intensely gripping dramatic experiment "The Testament of Mary. " If she seems distinctly Irish that is because the play, which had its Broadway opening Monday at the Walter Kerr Theatre, is being performed by the powerhouse Irish actress Fiona Shaw, known to many as Harry Potter's aunt but awarded an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her stage genius.
April 12, 2013 |
Friday's National Grilled Cheese Day is a foodie holiday that's of obscure origin but is easy to get behind -- unlike, say, Bread Machine Baking Month (January) or Soy Foods Month (April). The entire month of April has been dubbed Grilled Cheese Month (sorry, soy foods), and it brings out the best in grilled-cheese chefs. Examples: Brie with bacon from L.A.'s Grilled Cheese Truck ; Fontina and provolone on house-made garlic bread from San Francisco-based the Melt ; and the fried egg-topped croque-madame from La Dijonaise in Culver City. Occasionally, it also brings out the worst.
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August 6, 2012 |
Touted as the "largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation," tens of thousands of believers filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, the long-revered symbol of the Catholic Church. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Knights of Columbus, the roughly three-hour long, bilingual "Guadalupe Celebration" featured prayer, music and dance, as well as remarks from Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles and other religious leaders.
July 25, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Money doesn't grow on trees, but images of the Virgin Mary apparently do. The faithful in two New York-area suburbs say they've seen the image of the mother of Jesus in the bark of neighborhood trees. The latest sighting comes from the town of Sleepy Hollow, in Westchester County north of New York City, where on Sunday someone spotted the Virgin Mary in a tree directly across the street from a local church. Patch.com recently reported that a nurse named Juliette Bosquet was among those visiting the tree, which has become a destination for pilgrims leaving candles and snapping photographs of the supposedly holy hole in the trunk.