Interesting observations about aspects of the visit that most have overlooked
Michael Barber and Brant Pitre, two professors at Catholic universities in the United States, share a blog entitled Singing in the Reign. They are currently posting a series reporting on the details of Pope Benedict’s recent state visit to the United States.
Although the visit was well covered by the media, the writers feel that the major news sources overlooked some of the most important details of the visit. The first post, available here, details aspects of the arrival ceremony granted the Pope.
The blog is well worth a read to understand the lengths to which the White House, State Department and the Vatican went in the planning of this important visit for the pontiff.
We will advise readers when the other posts become available.
British Library unveils its treasures
“Sacred: Discover What We Share” is the title of a major exhibition presented by the British Library at its St. Pancreas,
Given the nature of the British Library’s holding in ancient texts, this is a rich exhibition for anyone to appreciate. What is more, it is not just a collection of old documents, but a wonderful interplay of the ancient with the modern. Using the latest technology, visitors can turn the pages of some of the finest items in the libraries collection. To be able to electronically turn the pages of a 500 year old treasure provides a unique sense of connection with the past.
One purpose that the exhibition seeks to accomplish is to show the mutual origins of the three religions, thus contributing to the multicultural environment that is encouraged in the
Thanks to Paleojudiaca for the reference.
Anniversary for a major historical city
The Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that May 11 is the date in 330 CE on which Constantine dedicated Constantinople as the capital of his empire. Formerly known as Byzantium, and today Istanbul, Constantinople was considered the administrative omphalus or navel of the earth by Constantine. To make the point, Constantine apparently moved Apollo’s statute from Delphi to the city.
Read more on Constantine on our Vision site.
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