Daily Archives: November 30, 2014

Australia sweats over record heat

Australia sweats over record heat http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30225276

The mystery of the Tjipetir blocks

The mystery of the Tjipetir blocks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30043875

Climate talks open as world heats up

Climate talks open as world heats up http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30225511

US-led Strikes Hit Islamic State ‘Capital’


Afghan Fires His Cabinet; Police Chief Offers to Quit – NYTimes.com


Pro-Russians ahead in Moldova poll

Pro-Russians ahead in Moldova poll http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30265985

Pope urges Muslims to condemn terror

Pope urges Muslims to condemn terror http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30265996

Leftist wins Uruguay run-off poll

Leftist wins Uruguay run-off poll http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30268862

Clashes at Hong Kong government HQ

Clashes at Hong Kong government HQ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-30270794

Israeli coalition close to collapse as Benjamini Netanyahu threatens elections – Telegraph


Darren Wilson Resigns; Threats Against Police Were ‘Egregious,’ Ferguson Police Chief Says – ABC News


Iraqi army ‘had 50,000 ghost troops’

Iraqi army ‘had 50,000 ghost troops’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30269343

UK MPs barred entry to Hong Kong

UK MPs barred entry to Hong Kong http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30267026

Ferguson officer’s resignation draws more controversy


in a World of Faith: Pope Francis & Patriarch Bartholomew sign joint declaration (read the declaration here)

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew sign joint declaration

If there wasn’t EVIL in the world, why would we need to unite to annihilate him?



Pope Francis’ plane departs Istambul

pope Francis' plane departs from Istambul

Oil Prices Have Plummeted – Winners: Global Consumers

Oil Prices Have Plummeted-WINNER-Global Consumers

Oil Prices Have Plummeted-WINNER-Global Consumers

Beautiful Photo Galery: Post by Casa Din Șona.

Saint of the Day for Sunday, November 30th, 2014 Image of St. Andrew: Patron Saint of Romania

Image of St. Andrew

St. Andrew

Andrew, like his brother Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew understood … continue reading

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Saint Andrew in Romania

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Church of Saint Andrew in Ion Corvin, Constanța (completed 2002)

Church of Saint Andrew in Ion Corvin, Constanța (completed 2002)

The story of Saint Andrew in Romania tells that today’s territory of Romania was Christianized by Saint Andrew in the 1st century AD. These claims are backed by some historians and by several Christian artifacts discovered and dated to the third century BC.[1][2]

The story is based on references by 3rd century writer Hippolytus of Rome in “On Apostles”, mentioning Saint Andrew’s voyage to Scythia and on works by several authors which also mention the voyage, such as: Eusebius in the Chronicles of Eusebius,[3] Origen in the third book of his Commentaries on the Genesis (254 C.E.), Usaard in his Martyrdom written between 845-865, and Jacobus de Voragine in the Golden Legend (c. 1260). Scythia generally refers to a land in what is now Romania (Scythia Minor), Ukraine and southern Russia.

The Story

Historian Alexandru Barnea states that a tale started to circulate in the first half of the 20th century.[4] It tells of Saint Andrew’s arrival in Dobruja during a harsh winter, fighting wild beasts and the blizzard before reaching a cave. At the cave, Saint Andrew hit the ground with his walking stick and a spring came in to being, in the waters of which he baptized the locals and cured the ill, thus converting the whole area to Christianity.[4] This tale seems to be heavily based on the Chronicles of Eusebius.

According to some modern Romanian scholars, the idea of early Christianisation is unsustainable. They take the idea to be a part of an ideology of protochronism which purports that the Orthodox Church has been a companion and defender of the Romanian people for its entire history, which was then used for propaganda purposes during the communist era.[5] However, other works indicate that communists did not use this idea for propaganda but rather acted strongly against religion, persecuting Christians and promoting atheism as the belief system.[6][7][8]

Romanian researcher, George Alexandrou,[9] maintains that St. Andrew spent 20 years in the territories of the Daco-Romans, preaching and teaching. During that period St. Andrew traveled around the Lower Danube territories and along the coast of the Black Sea, but mostly he stayed in and around his cave in Dobruja (located in the vicinity of the Ion Corvin village). St. Andrew’s cave is still kept as a holy place. Later, John Cassian (360-435), Dionysius Exiguus (470-574) and Joannes Maxentius (leader of the so-called Scythian Monks) lived in the same area, known as Scythia Minor or Dobruja, in South East Romania.[10]

Saint Andrew’s Cave

According to Hippolyte of Antioch, (died c. 250 C.E.) in his On Apostles, Origen, in the third book of his Commentaries on the Genesis (254 C.E.), Eusebius of Caesarea in his Church History (340 C.E.), and other sources, like the Usaard’s Martyrdom written between 845-865, and Jacobus de Voragine in Golden Legend (c. 1260), Saint Andrew preached in Scythia Minor. St. Philip may have also preached in the area.[11] There are toponyms and numerous very old traditions (like carols) related to Saint Andrew, many of them having probably a pre-Christian substratum.[12][13][14] In Dobruja, a cave where he supposedly preached, is called “Saint Andrew’s Cave” and advertised as a pilgrimage site.

According to Radu Cinpoes (Cimpoesh?), there is no clear evidence concerning missionary work on the part of St. Andrew near Dobruja.[15]

Patron saint of Romania

In 1994, Saint Andrew was named the patron saint of Dobruja (Rom. Dobrogea), in 1997 the patron saint of Romania, while in 2012, November 30 became a public holiday.[4]

today’s holiday: Eton Wall Game

Eton Wall Game

Every year on St. Andrew’s Day, England‘s prestigious Eton College holds the famous Eton Wall Game, a variety of rugby that has its own highly technical rules and is different from all other forms of the game. The object of the game is to win goals by maneuvering the ball into the opposing team’s “calx,” designated by a chalk line on a garden wall at one end of the field and by a mark on a tree at the other. The game is made up of many scrimmages along the brick wall that marks off the college athletic field for which the game is named, and goals are almost never scored. More… Discuss

quotation: The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

today’s birthday: Sir Winston Churchill (1874)

Sir Winston Churchill (1874)

Churchill was prime minister of the UK during World War II and led the country through both its darkest and finest hours. He was a writer, artist, legislator, soldier, and one of the most influential leaders in modern history. After being appointed prime minister in 1940, he forged a strong alliance with the US and an uneasy one with the USSR. These alliances were two key factors in the defeat of the Axis Powers. A prolific painter, Churchill exhibited his art under what pseudonym? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Michael Jackson’s Thriller Hits Shelves (1982)

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Hits Shelves (1982)

Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller, propelled him to superstardom. Along with its title track, Thriller boasted such hits as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” and “Human Nature.” Several of these songs were accompanied by music videos—then a new medium—and showcased Jackson’s iconic dance moves. The album sold more than 40 million copies and won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards. What other titles were considered for the song “Thriller”? More… Discuss

Ancient Burial Ground Unearthed along Silk Road

Ancient Burial Ground Unearthed along Silk Road

A 1,700-year-old cemetery has been uncovered in the city of Kucha in northwest China on part of the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. The discovery was made in 2007 and only recently published in an English-language journal. Ten tombs have been excavated at the site, which dates to a time when Kucha was a powerful city-state in the region. The tombs, which were the target of grave robbers in the past, were apparently reused several times. Although the individuals buried there were most likely wealthy citizens, their identities remain a mystery. More… Discuss

Beta Israel

Beta Israel

The Beta Israel, or “House of Israel,” are Jews of Ethiopian origin. Long isolated from mainstream Judaism, they do not use the Talmud but adhere strictly to the Mosaic law and observe some festivals of Judaism. In 1975, the Israeli rabbinate legally recognized them as Jews, and during the Ethiopian civil war, about 10,000 were airlifted to Israel in an effort to save them from persecution. A second airlift of more than 14,000 occurred in 1991. What were these secret operations called? More… Discuss

word: impecunious


Definition: (adjective) Lacking money; penniless.
Synonyms: penurious
Usage: It was hard to believe that the impecunious man asking me if I could spare any change had once been the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Discuss.

Film studio boss Yablans dies at 79

Film studio boss Yablans dies at 79 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30242509

Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey

Revisiting 2001: A Space Odyssey http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30252645

Hostility in the air after Boko Haram attack

Hostility in the air after Boko Haram attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30266868

Ferguson shooting officer quits

Ferguson shooting officer quits http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30266172

Swiss ‘reject immigration curbs’

Swiss ‘reject immigration curbs’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30267042

Kabul police boss quits amid attacks

Kabul police boss quits amid attacks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30267038

Churches unite against ‘persecution’

Churches unite against ‘persecution’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30265996

GSK to axe U.S. jobs as part of $1.6 billion cost cuts: sources




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