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.
The true story of the Christmas Day truce of 1914 is still talked about more than a century later. The famous moment when British and German troops exchanged greetings along the Western Front during World War I is a shining example of how Christmas brings people together.
‘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.
The Notre Dame Cathedral is being rebuilt after a fire. It was decided to restore the damaged roof to its previous appearance. However, in the relatively intact internal chapels, they plan to completely change the interior. As the journalist of The Daily Telegraph, who got acquainted with the project, notes, many ecclesiastical experts strongly criticise it.
At the freedom protest on 4 December in York, Sarah, whose husband is a vicar in the Church of England, spoke out about the battle between good and evil we are facing.
Tens of thousands of anti-repressions citizens clashed with police agents during a mass demonstration against anti-Covid measures in central London as officials claim to be ‘extremely worried’ about the epidemiological situation in the UK capital.
A Greek Orthodox cleric was recorded on video shouting ‘Pope, you are a heretic!’ as Pope Francis entered a meeting with Greek Orthodox leaders. The dragon-slaying cleric was dragged away by security operatives.
The Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, made the decision to not use a sword while bestowing knighthood this year. For 922 years, since the Order’s foundation, a sword has always been used during the official ceremony. Now, change is coming.