Category Archives: IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré


Saint-Saëns – Concerto no 1 pour piano et orchestre – Jeanne-Marie Darré

Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3


Niccolò Paganini – Sonata for Violin and Guitar No.6 in E minor Op.3

today’s holiday: Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship


Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship

The Mobile-Phone Throwing World Championship takes place in August in Savonlinna, Finland. The light-hearted event offers several categories for men, women, and teams: original, which is based on distance; freestyle, based on distance, style, aesthetics, and creativity; and juniors, which is limited to children 12 years old and under. First-place winners get a new mobile phone. Since the inaugural competition in 2000, several European countries—including Norway, Switzerland, and Germany—have introduced their own national championships. More… Discuss

quotation: Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809)


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809)

The father of the US Supreme Court justice of the same name, Holmes was an American physician, poet, and humorist. After beginning his medical career as a general practitioner, he shifted to the academic field and became dean of the Harvard medical school. However, he is perhaps best known for the poem that won him national acclaim—”Old Ironsides,” a protest against the scrapping of the USS Constitution, which helped save the ship. What common medical term was coined by Holmes? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)


Battle of Mohács Begins (1526)

In 1526, King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia led a poorly prepared army against a vastly superior Turkish force led by Sultan Suleiman I with disastrous results. About 25,000 of the king’s soldiers were killed in the battle, and the rest were taken captive and massacred. Louis himself died during the retreat after being thrown from his horse. The defeat resulted in more than 150 years of Ottoman domination in Hungary. What modern Hungarian expression of bad luck references the battle? More… Discuss

Doughnuts or Donuts?


Doughnuts or Donuts?

Regardless of how you spell this sweet, deep-fried treat—doughnut or donut—its origins remain a mystery. Some claim that Dutch settlers brought it to North America. Others maintain that a Danish sea captain impaled a fried cake on a wheel spoke to free his hands during a storm and, thus, invented the doughnut’s hole. The two most common types are ring-shaped doughnuts and filled doughnuts, flattened spheres injected with a sweet filling. In what countries can you get a meat-filled doughnut? More… Discuss

Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David


Kreisler Romance Larghetto by Carl Von Weber – Garrett David

Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178


Martha Argerich plays Franz Liszt – The Piano Sonata in B-Minor S.178

today’s holiday: Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo


Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine is best known for his spiritual autobiography, the Confessions, which details the excesses of his youth, his career as a teacher of rhetoric, his years as a believer in Manicheism and Platonism, and his belated conversion to Christianity. It is primarily for his writings that he is known as the patron saint of theologians and scholars, and one of the “Four Latin Fathers” of the Christian Church. When Spanish soldiers landed on the coast of Florida on St. Augustine’s Day in 1565, they named the U.S.’s oldest European community after him. More… Discuss

quotation: Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity. Honore de Balzac


Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: The Peace Palace Opens in The Hague (1913)


The Peace Palace Opens in The Hague (1913)

Often called “the seat of international law,” the Peace Palace houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the International Court of Justice, which is the primary judicial body of the United Nations. The palace was conceived in the early 20th century and was funded by American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. To show their support for the project, many nations sent gifts for use or display in the palace, including what items? More… Discuss

Moldova Independence Day: On August 27, 1991


Moldova Independence Day

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country’s independence. More… Discuss

quotation: Reproach is infinite, and knows no end. Homer (900 BC-800 BC)


Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu


Execuţia lui Ion Antonescu

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Foarte frumos scris! Vizionare placuta celor… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului


Obiectiv istoric incadrat pe locul 2 mondial ca fortificatie,este mandria fagarasenilor.In fiecare an in jurul ei se organizeaza aceste zile ale Fagarasului.Anul acesta a luat parte si o garda cu comandir, copil de trupa,tobosari,-toti in costume de epoca superbe- faclii si calareti falnici pe cai minunati si tunuri pentru a da deschiderii festivitatilor acel aer medieval care adauga Cetatii un plus de frumusete misterioasa la ceas de seara. Dac-am da frau liber imaginatiei,si am face abstractie de iluminatul electric,azi atat de necesar,am putea crede ca la portile Cetatii,negutatorii cu tarabele,imbie domni si domnite cu bunatati si lucruri scumpe,iar inauntru zidurilor, mestesugarii se indeletnicesc cu lucruri si reparatii necesare traiului de zi cu zi. In muzeu,cu ajutorul istoriografilor si a restauratorilor,vizitatorilor li se pun la dispozitie incaperi mobilate in care lumina filtrata ne face sa ne inchipuim domnite si cavaleri soptind taine si facand cu mana celor alesi . Gasim si temnite intunecate in care si-au gasit sfarsitul de la tradatori de neam pana la cei oprimati de regimul comunist,…daca treci pragul lor si-asculti atent, s-ar putea sa mai auzi suspine vechi ramase intre zidurile groase…..Si toate astea in frumoasa cetate a Fagarasului pe care trebuie neaparat s-o vizitati si s-o tineti minte!!!!

Cam asa a fost la Zilele Cetatii Fagarasului in… – Cetatea Făgăraşului.

Europa s-a făcut de râs în criza imigranţilor | adevarul.ro


Confruntată cu invazia milioanelor de refugiaţi din Răsărit şi Sud, liderii europeni nu par în stare să reacţioneze adecvat, organizat şi concertat.

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Europa în criza migranţilor clandestini: ce avantaj îşi poate crea Rom…

Luni, preşedintele Franţei, Francois Hollande şi cancelarul german, Angela Merkel, s-au întâlnit, la Berlin, pentru a discuta această urgenţă, speriaţi nu doar de imaginile cu mii de refugiaţi care încearcă să ajungă în centrul şi nordul Europei venind din Italia, Grecia, Macedonia sau Serbia. La aceastea s-au mai adăugat violenţele asupra unor centre care adăpostesc azilanţi în Germania, cum s-a întâmplat în weekend la Heidenau, în landul Saxonia şi incendierea luni noapte a unui centru aflat în construcţie destinat cazării refugiaţilor, în Berlin (foto jos). O demonstraţie iniţial paşnică organizată sâmbătă în oraşul german Heidenau de partidului neonazist NPD a degenerat în confruntări între forţele de ordine şi protestatarii nemulţumiţi de sosirea refugiaţilor, 31 de poliţişti fiind răniţi.

via Europa s-a făcut de râs în criza imigranţilor | adevarul.ro.

Liniştea de dinaintea furtunii la graniţa României cu Serbia. Cât de pregătiţi suntem pentru a primi refugiaţi din Orientul Mijlociu: „E o mare problemă!” | adevarul.ro


Liniştea de dinaintea furtunii la graniţa României cu Serbia. Cât de pregătiţi suntem pentru a primi refugiaţi din Orientul Mijlociu: „E o mare problemă!”

via Liniştea de dinaintea furtunii la graniţa României cu Serbia. Cât de pregătiţi suntem pentru a primi refugiaţi din Orientul Mijlociu: „E o mare problemă!” | adevarul.ro.

Uruguay Independence Day


Uruguay Independence Day

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More… Discuss

quotation: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)


If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Discuss

Activists say ISIS destroys first-century temple at ancient Palmyra site— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2015


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Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise


Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor


Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

Hai la hora ciobaneasca!


Hai la hora ciobaneasca!

Trump plan: Make immigrants pay for ‘permanent border wall’ and deport millions – LA Times


Donald Trump

Trump plan: Make immigrants pay for ‘permanent border wall’ and deport millions

Donald Trump has been stirring up passions with his heated rhetoric on immigration for weeks. But when he finally outlined a platform Sunday detailing his policy proposals, what he outlined wasn’t all red meat. The plan, as he posted on his website and explained in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” offers a mix of familiar conservative proposals, alongside some far-fetched ideas and blunt talk that pleased immigration hard-liners. It’s likely to lay down the marker for his rivals as they roll out their own.

A breakdown of what Trump says he’d do to fix the nation’s immigration system:

Build a wall:

“There must be a wall across the southern border,” is the first core principle of Trump’s plan. A “permanent border wall,” he argues, would stem illegal crossings and cut down on crimes committed in the U.S. by people in the country illegally. In this, Trump is treading on familiar ground. Many Republican politicians have at times argued for building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, as a way of one-upping the high-tech fence already in place across much of the border.

But Trump’s proposal veers from the script in that it proposes forcing Mexico to pay for construction of the wall – or, more precisely, forcing Mexican immigrants to pay for the wall. Trump would cover the cost by seizing remittances that immigrants send back to families in Mexico if the money was “derived from illegal wages.” He also would raise the cost of legal immigration to the U.S. by raising fees on various worker and diplomatic visas.

Mexicans living abroad sent $23.6 billion in remittances in 2014, most of that from the U.S. It was not clear how Trump planned to determine what share of that came from “illegal wages” and how he would “impound it.”

“Remittances are a big part of workers’ lives, especially lower-skilled workers and a lot of families in Mexico rely on them. It’s big business; it’s billions of dollars,” said Audrey Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. “It’s not easily measured and it’s not easily regulated. Enforcing something like that would be nearly impossible.”

Birthright citizenship:

The populist sentiment fueling both the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns

The populist sentiment fueling both the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns

Trump proposed ending what’s known as birthright citizenship, U.S. law that grants citizenship to babies born in the U.S. regardless of their parents’ legal status. Trump and many conservatives argue that the law encourages immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally to give birth, an analysis many experts argue ignores that economic opportunity is the primary incentive for immigrants.

The push to end birthright citizenship has gained steam in recent years. Although many believe changing it requires a constitutional amendment, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has proposed legislation to change the law. King’s Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013 had 39 cosponsors in the House, and a related bill introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) had two cosponsors in the Senate.

Trump’s plan ensured the proposal would remain a part of the ongoing debate over immigration. On Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told MSNBC that he agreed that the U.S. should end birthright citizenship. An aide for Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Walker and Trump of taking “extreme anti-immigrant positions.”

Deporting the 11 million immigrants already in the U.S.:

via Trump plan: Make immigrants pay for ‘permanent border wall’ and deport millions – LA Times.

TODAY’S HOLIDAY Bat Flight Breakfast


Bat Flight Breakfast

Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 not only for its geologic formations but for its teeming bat population. Although many visitors to the park witness the bats’ spectacular outbound flight at sunset, far fewer witness their return—except those who attend the annual Bat Flight Breakfast. About 400 people arrive at the cave before sunrise on the second Thursday in August and eat sausages and scrambled eggs in their official yellow “bat breakfast hats” while they wait for the bats to return to their roosts. More… Discuss

A Post-Impressionist school: pointilism


Pointillism

Pointillism, a Post-Impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, is characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. These distinct points of primary colors create the visual effect of a wide selection of secondary colors, relying heavily on the viewer’s perceptive ability to mix the color spots into a full range of tones. The technique is analogous to the color production of what modern devices? More… Discuss

Rufus Wainwright – Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen (with interview, from I’m your man DVD)


Rufus Wainwright – Everybody Knows

Breaking: APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal | Democracy Now!


By a nearly unanimous vote, the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives voted today in Toronto to adopt a new policy barring psychologists from participating in national security interrogations. Retired Col. Larry James, the former top Army intelligence psychologist at Guantánamo, cast the sole dissenting vote.

The vote came at the APA’s first convention since the release of a report confirming the APA leadership actively colluded with the Pentagon and the CIA torture programs.

For the past decade, a group of dissident psychologists have protested the use of psychologists to conduct interrogations at CIA black sites and Guantánamo. For years they were ignored and ridiculed. But that changed with the recent release of the “Hoffman Report,” a 542-page independent review commissioned by the APA’s board of directors. The study undermined the APA’s repeated denials that some of its 130,000 members were complicit in torture. Following the release, four top APA officials resigned, announced early retirements or been forced out.

In a special broadcast from Toronto, Democracy Now! aired three segments today on the APA vote.

Lead the Way Out of the Interrogation Room: Will American Psychological Assoc. End Role in Torture?

via Breaking: APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal | Democracy Now!.

 

Tough lessons to learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki: just war, nuclear disarmament :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


Ruins of Nagasaki, shortly after the Aug. 9, 1945 atomic bombing of the city the United States. Public Domain, via National Archives and Records Administration.

By Kevin J. Jones

Denver, Colo., Aug 6, 2015 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 70th anniversary of the US atomic strikes on Japan has prompted reflection, commemoration, and debate about the ethics of war and the world’s nuclear arsenal.

“There’s no winning in nuclear war,” Maryann Cusimano Love, an international relations professor at the Catholic University of America, told CNA. Hiroshima and Nagasaki teach “how horrific nuclear war is.”

“Many folks are not aware of how many nuclear weapons remain with us today and how dangerous these arsenals are,” she continued. “That is why the Catholic Church has continued to argue that we have to get rid of nuclear weapons, that the presence of these weapons is very dangerous for human life and very destabilizing.”

Seventy years ago, the only wartime use of nuclear weapons took place in the Aug. 6 attack on Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 attack on Nagasaki by the United States.

The Hiroshima attack killed around 80,000 people instantly and may have caused about 130,000 deaths, mostly civilians. The attack on the port city of Nagasaki killed about 40,000 instantly and destroyed a third of the city, the BBC reports.

The attacks took a heavy toll on all of Japan’s population, but Nagasaki was a historic center of Catholicism since European missionaries such as St. Francis Xavier arrived in the 16th century. After Japan’s rulers closed the country, in part due to fears of foreign domination, Japanese Catholics survived centuries of persecution before their freedom of religion was secured again in the 19th century.

via Tough lessons to learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki: just war, nuclear disarmament :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Just a Thought: Some make their know their armor, while some make their ignorance their spear


Just a Thought: ” Some make their know their armor, while some make their ignorance their spear.”

-George-B.

Catholic News Service: Our Father Prayer in Ohlone Indian language: Blessed Junipero Serra Canonization


Catholic News Service: Our Father Prayer in Ohlone Indian language Blessed Junipero Serra Canonization 

Published on Aug 6, 2015

In preparation for the canonization in America next month of Blessed Junipero Serra, take in these images of some of the historic California missions as an Ohlone Indian descendant recites the Our Father in an early native tongue.
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The Missions of California

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The Missions of California
Missions cover 2007.jpg
Directed by R.J. Adams
Produced by Diane C. Adams
Written by R.J. Adams
Distributed by History Quest Video
Release dates
United States April 10, 2007
Running time
60 mins.
Country U.S.A.
Language English language

The Missions of California is an in-depth documentary covering every aspect of the twenty one California Missions chronologically from San Diego to the Wine Country of Napa-Sanona by using a combination of HD color footage, crystal clear archival film and a rare collection of historic photographs.

Synopsis

Re-tracing the footsteps of the early Spanish Padres along the historic El Camino Real, the film captures and beauty and essence of these legendary landmarks from the inside out. The film also features many of California’s most important events such as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the great California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century as well many of the state’s most famous personalities.

The Missions

 

Amazing music/golden performances: Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa


Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13 & Op.Posth. Valentina Lisitsa

Historic Musical Bits: Michelangeli Debussy Preludes Book 1


Michelangeli Debussy Preludes
Book 1

 

Fotografia zilei: Cand pisica si cainele simt nevoia de armonie, unde sant oamenii care simt nevoia de ura?


Fotografia zilei: Cand pisica si cainele simt nevoia de armonie, unde sant oamenii care simt nevoia de ura?

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Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him – LA Times


Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him

Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him

Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him

Caught On Video: Rohnert Park Officer Pulls Gun On Man Recording Him On Cellphone

A Rohnert Park officer was captured on video pulling his gun on a man who was recording him on his cellphone.

By Veronica Rocha contact the reporter

A Northern California police department is reviewing a video showing one of its officers pulling a gun on a man who was recording him on his cellphone.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows a Rohnert Park Public Safety officer driving toward Don McComas as he’s filming. As McComas moves in closer to record the license plate number on the officer’s police SUV, the officer stops, gets out and tells McComas to take his hand out of his pocket.

McComas replies: “No sir, I’ve done nothing. I have done absolutely nothing. No.”

Body camera video undercuts police account of skid row shooting, suit says

Body camera video undercuts police account of skid row shooting, suit says

The officer removes his gun from his holster, speaks into his radio and says, “Seriously.”

McComas responds, “Put your gun down, really?”

The video shows McComas backing away as the officer motions the gun toward him.

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McComas repeats he did nothing wrong and tells the officer not to touch him.

When McComas asks why the officer stepped out of his vehicle, the officer responds, “You taking a picture of me. I am taking a picture of you.” The officer then asked whether McComas was “some kind of a constitutionalist or crazy guy or something like that.”

“Why are you doing this?” the officer asks McComas, who responds, “Why are you sitting here with your gun on me? This is why I am doing this. To protect myself from you.”

McComas was not detained or arrested.

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As the officer walks away, he tells McComas, “Go ahead, have a nice day and put it on YouTube. I don’t really care.”

Rohnert Park Mayor Amy Ahanotu and City Manager Darrin Jenkins said in a statement that an internal review will be conducted to determine if the proper protocols were followed.

“We’ve been made aware of this matter, and we are taking it seriously,” they said. “We understand the concerns that have been raised by our community and others and we want the public to know that your trust in law enforcement in our city is a top priority.”

via Police review video of Northern California officer pulling gun on man recording him – LA Times.

Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help : Catholic News Agency (CNA)


By Elise Harris

Athens, Greece, Aug 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Greece’s financial and political situation reaches a fever pitch in complexity, Caritas has stepped up and is offering help to the growing number of poor and migrants inhabiting the country.

“Here everything is blocked, everything is difficult. There isn’t work, there isn’t anything. Also Greeks are looking for work, everyone is. It’s a very, very difficult situation,” Father Andrea Voutsinos told CNA Aug. 5.

Fr. Voutsinos is the director of Caritas Greece, which is part of the regional Caritas Europe branch and the wider, all-encompassing Caritas Internationalis.

In a July 5 referendum Greek citizens voted heavily against Europe’s latest bailout offer after the country failed to repay their creditors large amounts of their more than $300 billion debt. The vote raised concerns that the country could suffer a worse economic disaster and lose its place in the eurozone.

Greece has been in financial crisis for years. Economically the weakest nation in the eurozone, it was hit hard during the 2008 global financial crisis. Beginning in 2010, it began receiving financial bailouts, on the condition that it adopt austerity measures such as pension cuts, tax hikes and public sector layoffs.

These austerity measures were a primary motivation in the negative referendum vote, which has left Greece with an increasingly uncertain future.

Unemployment in Greece is currently 25 percent, and individuals are unable to withdraw more than $70 a day from ATMs.

Amid the country’s ongoing dilemma, including a rising number of needy families and a growing number of refugees flooding in from the Middle East, Caritas Greece has been expanding their initiatives to assist more people.

The organization recently launched a new program called “Estia,” aimed at reaching out to families who have nothing, Fr. Voutsinos explained.

In addition to helping families with basic food needs, Caritas also offers assistance in paying for bills and medical insurance, since in Greece you can’t be admitted to the hospital unless you pay, the priest said.

“If they don’t have any work, they can’t bring anything home to live on. We are sending help daily,” he noted, including funds for electric, gas and water bills.

Caritas Greece also runs a large daily soup kitchen, this year feeding nearly 300 extra mouths, including several who are elderly.

However, the country’s growing number of poor is “only half the concern,” Fr. Voutsinos said, explaining that there is also an increasing worry over what to do with the number of refugees who enter into Greece’s southeastern islands from Turkey, making their way to Athens and beyond.

More than 90,000 refugees have entered Greece from the so far this year, most of them from the Middle East, the priest said, and he expects to see even more of an increase before the end of the year. Among those who come are many from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Every day more arrive from Turkey because it’s so close,” he said. With nowhere to go the refugees often make their way to Athens and sleep on the streets or in parks.

“There is great poverty, because the people don’t have the possibility to buy what’s necessary to eat.” So Caritas tries to help feed them, he said.

In addition to their other initiatives, the charitable organization also has a special project for Syrians who come to Greece, helping them in integrate as well as offering meals through their soup kitchen, assisted by the Missionaries of Charity.

The refugees who come “are looking for a better world,” the priest said, “but when they enter it’s not a better world.”

Despite the various projects Caritas is involved in, Catholics in Greece are a minority, making it difficult to raise the necessary funds in order to meet the country’s rising needs.

With the dominating religion being the Greek Orthodox practice, only 200-300,000 Catholics live in the country, “but by now also the Greek Catholics have lost work. They also ask us for help, but we don’t always have the money because we also have to sustain the parishes,” Fr. Voutsinos said.

As a result, the Caritas branches of Europe, Italy, Latin America and North America have all donated to the Greek branch in order to ensure they have enough funds to continue assisting their needy community.

Pope Francis recently offered his solidarity with Greece ahead of the country’s July referendum, calling for prayer and an attention to human dignity when entering into political debate.

“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying,” Vatican press director Fr. Federico Lombardi said in a July 1 statement on behalf of Pope Francis. The Pope, he said, “invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.”

Fr. Voutsinos said that the Pope’s words were a consolation for them, but that difficulty remains, and “everyone is a little afraid for the future.”

Tags: Economic crisis, Greece, Caritas Internationalis

via Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 6th, 2015: St. Hormisdas Pope


Image of St. Hormisdas Pope

St. Hormisdas Pope

Pope from 514-523, successor to St. Symmachus, and father of Pope St. Silverius  Born in Frosinone, Campagna di Roma, Italy, he was an Italian, although he had a Persian name. Married and … continue reading

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today’s birthday: Andy Warhol (1928)


Andy Warhol (1928)

Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, was the leading exponent of the pop art movement. Seeking to minimize the role of his own hand in his work, Warhol began mass-producing silkscreen paintings with the help of assistants at his studio, dubbed “the Factory.” His works, which are both popular and controversial, feature commonplace objects, such as dollar bills, soup cans, and soft-drink bottles, as well as celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Who shot him in 1968? More… Discuss



2015-08-06 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has appealed to the international community to take action against the continuing persecution of Christians and religious minorities.

In a letter addressed to the Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem and Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, Maroun Lahham, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Jordan who have fled persecution describing them as the martyrs of today.

Upon the invitation of Archbishop Lahham and of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouwad Toual, the Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino is currently visiting Jordan to mark the 1st anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in the nation.

During his visit, Archbishop Galantino will participate in a number of meetings and events and will visit some refugee camps.

Please find below Vatican Radio’s translation of the Pope’s letter:

Your Excellency Mons. Lahham

Dear brother, I take advantage of the visit to Jordan of His Excellency Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, to reach with a word of hope so many people who oppressed by violence, have been forced to abandon their homes and their land.

Time and time again I have wished to give voice to the atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable persecutions of those, who in many parts of the world – and especially amongst Christians – are victims of fanaticism and intolerance, often under the eyes and in the silence of all. They are the martyrs of today, humiliated and discriminated against for their faith in the Gospel.

My words, which appeal for solidarity, are the sign of a Church that does not forget and that does not abandon her children who have been exiled on account of their faith: they must know that a daily prayer is raised for them, and that we are grateful for the witness they offer.

My thoughts also go to the Communities that have not looked away and are taking care of these brothers of ours. You proclaim the resurrection of Christ by sharing the pain and by giving help to hundreds of thousands of refugees. Bowing before the misery that risks stifling their hope, your fraternal service illuminates the dark moments of their existence.

May the Lord reward you as only He can, with an abundance of gifts.

And may world opinion be more attentive, sensitive and sympathetic before the persecutions carried out against Christians, and in general, against religious minorities.

I renew my hope that the international community will not assist in silence without taking action in the face of this unacceptable crime, a crime that constitutes an alarming drift from the most basic of human rights which prevents a rich cohabitation between peoples, cultures and faiths.   

Please, I ask you to pray for me.
May the Lord bless you and Our Lady protect you. 

FRANCISCUS
     

(from Vatican Radio)

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 5th, 2015: St. Addal


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St. Addal

A disciple of Christ sent by St. Thomas to the court of King Abgar the Black, the second century Osroene ruler. Legendary accounts claim Abgar wrote to Christ asking Jesus to cure him of an … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Burkina Faso Independence Day


Burkina Faso Independence Day

Formerly called Upper Volta, Burkina Faso gained independence from France on August 5, 1960, an event commemorated as a national holiday each year. The area had been a French protectorate since the 1890s. More… Discuss

Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Jasper String Quartet ( Amazing Romantic Theme: II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto (F-sharp major)


Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5

Published on Sep 13, 2014

Performed by the Jasper String Quartet
(http://www.jasperquartet.com)
at Soka Performing Arts Center
November 24, 2013

String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 Joseph Haydn
I. Allegretto
II. Largo. Cantabile e mesto
III. Menuetto. Allegro
IV. Finale. Presto
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The six String Quartets, Op. 76 by Joseph Haydn were composed in 1796 or 1797 and dedicated to the Hungariancount Joseph Georg von Erdödy[n 1] (1754–1824). They form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed. At the time of the commission, Haydn was employed at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy II and was composing the oratorioThe Creation as well as Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterházy’s annual mass.

Although accounts left by visitors to the Esterházy estate indicate that the quartets were completed by 1797, an exclusivity agreement meant that they were not published until 1799.[1] Correspondence between Haydn and his Viennese publishers Artaria reveal confusion as regards their release: Haydn had promised Messrs. Longman Clementi & Co. in London the first publishing rights, but a lack of communication led him to worry that their publication in Vienna might also be, unintentionally, their first appearance in full. In the event, their publication in London and Vienna was almost simultaneous.[1]

The Op. 76 quartets are among Haydn’s most ambitious chamber works, deviating more than their predecessors from standard sonata form and each emphasizing their thematic continuity through the seamless and near-continual exchange of motifs between instruments.[2]

Opus 76, No. 5 (“Largo”)

The Quartet No. 64 in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, is sometimes nicknamed Largo because the second movement with that tempo distinction dominates the quartet both in length and in character.[citation needed] The work consists of four movements:

The first movement (in D Major, 6/8 time) departs from the sonata form of the first four to what Robin Golding can only describe as “unorthodox variations”.[citation needed] The second movement, written in F-sharp major in cut time, is in sonata form. The third movement, in D major and D minor, is a standard minuet and trio, while the fourth movement’s D Major, cut time Presto is in an irregular sonata form.[6]

 

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel (this sonata plays for me for more than 50 years)


Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp major, Op. 78 -À Thérèse- – Artur Schnabel

discover beautiful music with Andras Schiff: Piano sonata op. 24, no. 78 “Fur Therese” (“Beethoven most beautiful melody”)


Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78

Amazing Music /performances: Dvorak : In Nature’s Realm Overture op 91


Dvorak : In nature’s realm ouverture op 91

Historic Musical Bits: LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974


LISZT Polonaise No.2 (S.223/2) | F.R.Duchable | 1974

Amazing music/performances: Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet


Beethoven String Quartet No 2 Op 18 in G major Alban Berg Quartet