Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saint's Head to be Auctioned

Now this is truly Fortean; the "ancient skull" of St. Vitalis of Assisi is soon to be auctioned off. Very cool photo of said head with article. (thanks to Professor Hex for link.)
Saint's head to be sold at auction in Duleek - News, frontpage - "THE ancient skull of an Italian saint will be sold at auction in Annesbrook House in Duleek on Sunday.

'We do a fine art sale once a year and when we decided on Annesbrook then the link with St Oliver Plunkett struck me,' stated auctioneer Damien Matthews from Oldcastle.

'I remember visiting his head in Drogheda when I was a young lad so I said why not put the skull of St Vitalis of Assisi into a sale just down the road.'

The skull, which is in a Queen Anne case, is expected to fetch anything up to €1,200.

'We think the skull is about 600 years old' he continued.

'It is said that the saint met a bad end as he was buried alive with stones placed on his head."

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Statue of Pope John Paul II Offends...

Quite a number of the faithful are offended by artist Oliviero Rainaldi's new sculpture of Pope John Paul II; many are saying it looks less like the late Pope, and more like Mussolini. Rainaldi says:
I wasn't thinking about resemblance, but rather a work that was able to synthesize, in the posture of the head and body and in the draping of the cloak, the way the pope went out into the world,"

Others aren't so sure. There's a possibility the statue will be removed. More here:
Sculpture of Pope John Paul II decried as 'ugly' - Wire Entertainment -

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Speculative Realms: The Enduring Love of the Woman-Girl: Who Are We to Disregard Her?

Painting by Jusepe de Ribera 1636
Gary Haden at Speculative Realms on Mary Magdalene. Very comprehensive. And addresses the popular myth that Mary was a prostitute, and why that idea, believed still by so many, is a problem...

There is much more to Haden's article than that point, but read it for yourself.

Pope beatifies John Paul II before 1.5M faithful - Yahoo! News

Pope beatifies John Paul II before 1.5M faithful - Yahoo! News