The Manila Archdiocese has officially opened the process for the beatification and canonization of a U.S. Jesuit priest credited with building up the presence of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines during the last century. Read more here
Thanks to our advanced technology, a group of scientists scanned the skull of St. Nicholas of Bari/Myra
He doesn't look like the jolly old fat guy we see every Christmas no?
But the myth about Santa Claus started with the real life of this holy man who gave a poor man the money for the dowry of his daughters.
And unlike the jolly old Santa, St. Nicholas is a bit of a hot head himself. How so?
He threw a punch at the heretic Arius himself during one of the sessions of the Council of Nicea! Nice...
Notice the crooked nose? It is often called a boxer's nose because an injury like that is common among boxers. Speculations about as to how the saint got it, but one thing is for sure. We know how the saint looks like.
It seems our contemporary artists have an idea of how the saint looks like. Take this picture of the saint's statue from his basilica in Bari I found in the Internet. This same statue is used in a procession held every year in his honor commemorating the translation of his relics to the town.
For a more detailed description about the saint's life and his "newfound" looks, click here.
Below is the BBC Documentary about the life and the quest to see the real face of St. Nicholas.
ROME, December 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Howling, grunting, and roaring animals, along with images of overcrowded city centers, depictions of pollution, and negative portrayals of industrialization, appeared on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica this evening during a much hyped “climate change” light show.
The show was the finale of the opening celebration for the Year of Mercy[It was part of the day's official program???] declared by Pope Francis. The event was watched by tens of thousands in St. Peter’s Square along with estimated millions worldwide through online streaming.
The multi-million dollar show [Where are those people who say "The money could have been used to feed the poor!"?] titled "Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home" was created and funded by climate-change partisans and population-control advocates with the goal to “educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class.”
Along with images of the world and its endangered animals, including lions, birds, apes, and whales, appeared New Age symbolism associated with ancient pagan deities.
The show also took place on the most important Marian feast day for Catholics, the Immaculate Conception, where Catholics celebrate Mary being conceived in the womb of her mother Anne without the stain of original sin. [No light show for this one.]
Many pro-family leaders from around the world say they are flabbergasted that the pope would allow St. Peter’s to be used as a backdrop for promoting the controversial and contentious “climate change” agenda. [In fairness to the pope, he may not know the details about this one, like the rest of what is going on in the Church. He rarely reads or watches the news. He relies on what his closest advisers tell him.]
"I am sorry that the facade of St. Peter's has been turned into a propaganda stage for the scientific fraud known as ‘Catastrophic Man-Caused Global Warming,’” Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, told LifeSiteNews. [Because scientific evidence is now against these climate change zealots. So they now turn on humans for the blame, pointing to overpopulation as the cause as we are rodents or locusts infesting the planet. Yes, they do not see themselves as such, only those who are not with them, so they advocate eugenics. And stupid clergymen join the bandwagon.]
"I am sick at the thought that this most sacred space — St. Peter's Basilica — will be the backdrop for the further dissemination of this fraud, whose ultimate goal is to impose a ‘Carbon Tax’ on the developed countries. This tax will not only cripple global economic growth and undermine democracy, its proceeds will be used to fund even more population control programs in the developing world," he said.
The Vatican’s spokesperson for the event, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, called the event “unique…for its genre and for the fact that it is being displayed for the first time on such a significant backdrop.” [I can see him jumping for joy like a little school girl who got her Barbie doll for Christmas.]
“These illuminations will present images inspired of Mercy, of humanity, of the natural world, and of climate changes,” he said. [Did you see "MERCY" shown on the screen? All you see are animals. Watching it on Discovery or Animal Planet is much better. Such a waste of money and more than that, they desecrated the Basilica. But they don't care.]
Fisichella said that the light show on the Vatican is meant to link Pope Francis’ environment encyclical Laudato si’ with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop21) currently underway in Paris. The Vatican has shown strong support for the conference. Having the show conclude the opening Year of Mercy celebrations also links the pope’s message about “mercy” to fighting “climate change.” [Hard sell. How can it be linked when we should be talking about Responsibility and Justice when dealing with caring for the environment.]
Robert Royal, president of the Washington-based Faith and Reason Institute and a prominent Catholic commentator, called it “seriously wrong” to have a “radical environmental message” projected onto St. Peter’s.
“This is the kind of thing ideological politicians do, like President Obama’s rainbow projection onto the White House after the Supreme Court approved gay ‘marriage.’ The White House is the people’s house, all the American people’s. St. Peter’s is even far more universal than that.” [Whoever recommended this to the pope just opened the floodgates of these kinds of ideologies., except anything Catholic!]
“Projecting onto it a radical environmental message — and one that has no chance of actually resulting in an international agreement, given the unreality of the approach — seems to make the Church just one more international NGO, something Pope Francis has explicitly warned it should not be,” he told LifeSiteNews.
Voice of the Family co-founder John Smeaton said that contrary to popular perception, the “environmental agenda” is tied to an anti-human agenda.
“The environmental movement commonly regards population growth as a threat. Developing nations are being flooded with contraceptives and subjected to pressure to legalise abortion. Given that contraception and environmentalism so often go hand-in-hand, it is deeply troubling that current Vatican authorities have so strongly endorsed the environmental agenda without taking an equally strong stance on the abortion and contraception agenda which lies behind it.” [Because those who are against abortion are so "obsessed" so anti-abortion advocates will never ever get this kind of reception.]
“If the Vatican issued similarly strong and high-profile calls to world governments to end abortion, many lives could be saved. The St. Peter’s light show is a clear demonstration of the tragic truth that this papacy has the wrong priorities,” he told LifeSiteNews. [I won't get my hopes high.]
The event, billed as “contemporary public art,” was sponsored by organizations named after Greek and Roman pagan gods that push the climate change agenda and by an organization that directly funds abortions in developing countries. [I wouldn't mind the naming after the gods but I do mind that these groups are abortion champions!]
The main financial backer behind the event is the US-led World Bank Group via its Connect4Climate initiative. The World Bank, created in 1945 to rebuild a war-torn Europe, has a long history of relentlessly funding abortion and contraception programs in developing nations under the banner of “ending extreme poverty” and “boosting shared prosperity.” Pro-life leaders have denounced the programs time and again as thinly veiled population control programs aimed at reducing populations considered by Western elites to be undesirable.
Other partners include Vulcan Inc., a private company based out of Seattle, Washington, that “strives to create a new kind of future” by “upend[ing] conventional thinking.” The company was deliberately named after the Roman god Vulcan, the deity of destructive fire, whose earliest known shrine existed in Rome at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, close by the Vatican.
Another partner is Okeanos, an environmentalist foundation with the purpose of raising awareness “concerning the various threats our oceans are facing.” The foundation rails against what it calls the “sins against climate.” The foundation is named after the Greek and Roman Titan god “Okeanos” who was held to be the divine personification of the sea whose fish in one hand and serpent in the other signify bounty and prophecy.
Obscura Digital, the San Francisco-based organization putting on the actual show, has its name derived from the Latin root meaning “dark.” The company specializes in creating “immersive experiences that will change the way you think about the world around you” using holographic projections, 3D animation, and dynamic visualization.
The organization has in the past worked on climate change projects with the UN to show the “effect of human enterprise on the environment” and to issue a “call for global solutions.”
St. Peter’s ‘climate change’ light show and its prototype held in New York last August are bizarrely connected to pagan occultism.
The shows director Travis Threlkel, founder and creative director of Obscura, said in an August interview when discussing the New York version of the show that was projected onto the Empire State Building, that pagan deities were specifically incorporated into the presentation. He said the show included the greek pagan goddess Gaia, a Greek Mother Earth who has been appropriated by worshipers of nature, along with Aya, a Babylonian mother goddess associated with the rising sun and with sexual love.
It was at the New York show’s end that startling images of the faces of various pagan goddesses were projected onto the building. Predominantly displayed was an image of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. Kali, who was depicted with a long blood red tongue and whose name means “the black one,” promised wealth to those who satiated her lust for blood by human sacrifice. Daily human sacrifices of young children were offered on her altars in India until 200 years ago. She has since been culturally appropriated by New Age spirituality as a kind of Mother Earth goddess.
“Android” Andrew Jones, the artist behind the image, said at that time that he wanted to depict Mother Earth in her “fiercest form” to draw attention to what might happen if people ignored the implications of climate change.
The Vatican show included artwork and computer-generated designs by Jones, but it is unknown at this time what artwork was featured. [Not sure if these are pagan]
Jones, one of the world’s foremost digital painters and projection artists, specializes in portraying terrifying images of Greek, Roman and Eastern pagan deities. He said in an interview last month that he turns to these gods and goddesses by means of “psychedelic substances” (mind altering drugs) so that he can portray them accurately. He said the “deities” are “actively involved” in guiding his hand as he makes the work. [These "deities" are called a manifestation of the devil as attested to by exorcists. Dabbling with these pagan religions opens you up to attacks and possessions of the devil.]
“These [drugs] are tools that grant portals and access into different realms that I still haven’t fully been able to grasp or say that I have uncovered all of their meanings. … They have evolved my ability to … discover new and interesting combinations of energy and matter. Some have … shown me greater nightmares than I could ever depict or wish to imagine ever again.” [Told you.]
“These spirits and the deities that [the images] represent [in India, Greece, etc.] are actively involved, enrolled, and contributing to humans reinventing the visual vernacular of these beings as time and technology evolves,” he said.
Jones said that good art connects the viewer to something “mystical.” He said in a 2010 video interview that a good reaction to his art happens when people “throw up, or urinate themselves, or [release] any sort of bodily excrement.” [That is not what happens to you when you experience the true God.]
While it remains unclear at this point if any of Jones’ pagan images whole or in part made their way onto St. Peter’s, various symbols belonging to deities mentioned by the show’s director Threlkel did. For instance, Aya’s symbol of the rising sun appeared at least on three occasions throughout the show, most prominently at the beginning when a giant sun was depicted rising upon St. Peter’s.
Catholic commentator Fr. John Zuhlsdorf wrote on his blog that the event was “irreverent” and even a form of “sacrilege.”
“St. Peter’s is, without question, a sacred place and object (a very large one, too!). It is, without question, dedicated by the Church to sacred purposes. The use of this sacred building and place (where St. Peter was martyred and buried, a pilgrimage place, etc. etc. etc.) as a projection screen for mere secular purposes is irreverent treatment,” he wrote.
Fr. Zuhlsdorf quoted the Catholic Dictionary which defines sacrilege as the “irreverent treatment of sacred things, persons or places, i.e., those dedicated by God or the Church to sacred purposes. It is a sin against the virtue of religion, of its nature grave, but admitting smallness of matter.”
“This has gone beyond ridiculous,” he said.
The priest said the image of the lion projected on to St. Peter's made him think of a passage from St. Peter's first letter: "Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls, your brethren who are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8). [The same passage written on the base of the obelisk of St. Peter's square]
I can hear Archbishop Rino Fisichella say "Desecration?! What is that? We should be merciful!"
For people who think that this is creating mountains out of molehills, they do not even think of the implications of this event. Saying it succinctly, it's like the Communion in the Hand indult or should I say rebellion.
The Holy See didn't even consider projecting a show about the persecution of Christians or even of the destruction of another natural resource of the world: Human Babies being murdered every single day.
One of the principal teachings of Freemasonry is that it is the light that illuminates the world, brings people in darkness, whom it identifies as people of religion, to the light of reason and knowledge via Freemasonry.
Now you have the biggest Catholic Basilica in the world in complete darkness, illuminated by the ideology of climate change that still grasps for scientific evidence other than an award winning PowerPoint presentation.
If we can have dance shows and even parties held inside a church dedicated for the worship of the one true God, then how can we even find fault in using the facade of the world's most recognized Catholic house of worship as a projector screen by groups using the destruction of nature as a veiled campaign to push for more contraception and abortion?
This is sacrilegious!
If you can't find anything wrong in this one, then you have no sense what is holy anymore.