On March 8, a top German court in Cologne ruled that the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party could be labelled a ‘suspected threat’ to Germany’s constitution. The verdict is arguably one of the most important court decisions in modern German history, effectively marking a major turning point in the country’s democracy. With the decision, the court effectively cancelled an entire political party with thousands of members and millions of votes from the political map.
The abuse of Christian worshipers comes just as occupation forces are carrying out violent attacks against Muslim worshipers at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The descent of the flame in Kuvuklia on Great Saturday on the eve of Easter symbolizes the light of the Resurrection of Christ, believers consider it a shrine. The Holy Fire descended on the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Channel One, Russia-1, NTV and Spas TV channels are broadcasting live from the temple.
The Brotherhood of the Rosary Virgin is the herald of the Resurrection of Christ celebration with a procession, the “Meeting”, which is the oldest in Almoradí and which becomes the perfect closing of our Holy Week. The origin is certainly in the birth of the Brotherhood in the seventeenth century. The Virgin, covered with a thin tulle veil, in mourning for the death of her Son, is carried in a run by her brothers and, after three reverences, she stops next to the Custody of the Blessed Sacrament, carried under a pallium in the center of the square.
Occasionally, a birthday crops up to give one pause for thought. The date is May 7, which is 70 years since the passing of a stellar star, Eva Peron (1919 – 1952), a diminutive figure of a woman who has frustrated left and right since she inspired belief in the power of women worldwide.
MICHAEL WALSH OP-ED: Far from being an atheist I bend my knee to the spirit of Our Lord and I am otherwise of spiritual nature. Perhaps it is, for this reason, I am bemused to see the holy Cross atop churches and everywhere inside. For what and why are these places called churches?
A person visiting Poland for the first time may spot an unfamiliar inscription in white chalk on doors they pass – ‘K+M+B’ or ‘C+M+B’. The tradition of writing these letters has its origin in the 18th century. During the communist regime, many Poles continued this tradition as a demonstration of their own beliefs.
The December 25th birthday of the sun god is a common story worldwide, dating back at least 12,000 years, as reflected in winter solstice scenes recorded in caves. Around the world beginning thousands of years ago, people have celebrated the birth of the god Sol (Sun) to the Queen of Heaven, the Celestial Virgin. The winter solstice has been celebrated in many places, from China to the Americas.
‘If you lacked interest or integrity, you wouldn’t have bothered whether I finished the manuscript or not! Real friends don’t come by accident! I believe in good karma. You’ve always believed in me from day one. What you might realise is that writing this book also serves as therapy to me.’ Betty Musole.
AFTER THE END OF THE Cold War, the coastal resort towns north of Alicante became popular with Orthodox Christians visiting and often staying from Russia and Central Europe. But until 2007, many of the Christians in the region didn’t have a suitable place to worship.