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this pressed for history of human civilizations: BBC News – ‘Unique’ Roman tombstone found in Cirencester

Archeology: Roman Headstone Discovered

Archaeologists say the quality of the sculpture is very good

A “unique” Roman headstone is the first of its kind unearthed in the UK, experts believe.

The tombstone was found near skeletal remains thought to belong to the person named on its inscription, making the discovery unique.

Archaeologists behind the dig in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said they believed it marked the grave of a 27-year-old woman called Bodica.

The bodies of three children were also found in the “family burial plot”.

via BBC News – ‘Unique’ Roman tombstone found in Cirencester.

this pressed for justice: BBC News – Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape

Nigerian soldier aims his weapon during Flintlock 2015, an American-led military exercise, in Mao, Chad on 22 February 2015 Morale is said to have improved in the embattled Nigerian military

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalizing their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria.

Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive due to start next month – and are meeting in Chad this week to set out the command structure.

The force will be led by a Nigerian commander, after which the position will rotate among the members.

‘Common enemy’

It is not clear whether Brig Gen Enitan Ransome Kuti, who was in charge before the force was boosted, will remain its head.

He is highly respected but he and other senior officials were arrested in January by Nigerian military authorities after failing to fight off a Boko Haram attack on the force’s headquarters in Baga in north-eastern Borno, one of three states under a state of emergency since 2013.

via BBC News – Boko Haram crisis: Regional force takes shape.

this pressed for your inspiration: BBC News – The girl who gets gifts from birds

Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it’s rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden – and they bring her gifts in return.

Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection.

“You may take a few close looks,” she says, “but don’t touch.” It’s a warning she’s most likely practised on her younger brother. She laughs after saying it though. She is happy for the audience.

Inside the box are rows of small objects in clear plastic bags. One label reads: “Black table by feeder. 2:30 p.m. 09 Nov 2014.” Inside is a broken light bulb. Another bag contains small pieces of brown glass worn smooth by the sea. “Beer coloured glass,” as Gabi describes it.

Each item is individually wrapped and categorical. Gabi pulls a black zip out of a labelled bag and holds it up. “We keep it in as good condition as we can,” she says, before explaining this object is one of her favourites.

There’s a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a faded black piece of foam, a blue Lego piece, and the list goes on. Many of them are scuffed and dirty. It is an odd assortment of objects for a little girl to treasure, but to Gabi these things are more valuable than gold.

Gifts given by the crows

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THE DHAMMAPADA – FULL AudioBook | Buddhism – Teachings of The Buddha (“Hatred ceases by love”)

THE DHAMMAPADA – FULL AudioBook | Buddhism – Teachings of The Buddha

The Dhammapada by Unknown, Translated by F. Max Mueller – FULL AudioBook – The Dhammapada is is a Buddhist scripture, containing 423 verses in 26 categories. According to tradition, these are verses spoken by the Buddha on various occasions, most of which deal with ethics. It is is considered one of the most important pieces of Theravada literature. Despite this, the Dhammapada is read by many Mahayana Buddhists and remains a very popular text across all schools of Buddhism. (Summary from


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History Of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Vol. 1, by Gaston Maspero, Audiobook

THE BEST ANCIENT EGYPT DOCUMENTARY (MUST SEE !!!): Kudos to Egypt for Fighting for its rightful place among the civilized nations of the Earth including the fight for revenge its kidnapped and slaughtered citizens by ISIS


† this pressed for Christians everywhere †: BBC News – Islamic State: Fears grow for abducted Syrian Christians

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There are fears that more members of an Assyrian Christian community in north-eastern Syria were abducted by Islamic State militants than at first thought.

Initial reports had put the number of missing at 90, but one activist said as many as 285 people had been seized on Monday in Hassakeh province.

Efforts to try to negotiate their release are reported to be under way.

Some 1,000 local Assyrian families are believed to have fled their homes in the wake of the abductions.

Kurdish and Christian militia are battling IS in the area, amid reports of churches and homes having been set ablaze.

Thousands of Christians in Syria have been forced from their homes by the threat from IS militants.

In areas under their control, Christians have been ordered to convert to Islam, pay jizya (a religious levy), or face death. IS militants in Libya also recently beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.

via BBC News – Islamic State: Fears grow for abducted Syrian Christians.

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Flash – Israeli vote triggers battle between media magnates – France 24


AFP / by Jean-Luc Renaudie | Men read Israeli newspapers, paying daily Yedioth Aharonot (L) and free daily Israel HaYom (R) in Jerusalem, on February 25, 2015 

In one In one corner is Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who has effectively given Netanyahu a free rein to use his Israel HaYom newspaper for electioneering ahead of the March polls.Adelson, an 81-year-old casino magnate with an estimated fortune of around $40 billion, is one of the biggest contributors to the US Republican Party.Since Israel HaYom was set up in 2007, the freesheet has become the most widely circulated newspaper in the Jewish state.In the opposite corner is Arnon Moses, 61, an Israeli media mogul who owns the top-selling Yediot Aharonot and its sister news website Ynet — and who is firmly opposed to Netanyahu winning a fourth term in office.

via Flash – Israeli vote triggers battle between media magnates – France 24.

Hear, hear America: BBC News – Clampdown on cold call companies unveiled by government

Imposing fines of up to £500,000 on the companies behind cold calls and nuisance text messages is to become easier under changes to the law being made by the government.

The move follows tens of thousands of complaints about cold calling.

At the moment, companies can only be punished if the Information Commissioner can prove a call caused “substantial damage or distress”.

But from April 6, that legal requirement is to be removed.

More than 175,000 complaints were made to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year about nuisance calls and text

via BBC News – Clampdown on cold call companies unveiled by government.

From BBC : BJP agrees Kashmir coalition deal

BJP agrees Kashmir coalition deal

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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be part of a coalition government in Indian-administered Kashmir, two months after polls there produced no clear winner.

The BJP and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) announced the deal after talks in the capital, Delhi.

It is the first time the Hindu nationalist BJP have been in government in India’s only Muslim majority state.

The party won 25 seats and the PDP 28 in the 87-member state assembly.

Votes were counted on 23 December after five rounds of voting during the previous month.

“We have had discussions over several weeks and fortunately, we have agreed a deal,” PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti told reporters.

Ms Mufti, who appeared alongside BJP chief Amit Shah, said her father and PDP candidate for chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed would soon meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The details of the agreement would be shared after that, she said.

Indian media reports, quoting sources, say Mr Sayeed is expected to be sworn in as chief minister on 1 March.


From VOA : Southeast European Nations Pledge Unity in Face of Terrorism

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FILE - Albania's Ditmir Bushati and his fellow foreign ministers from nations within the South-East European Cooperation Process met Tuesday in Tirana.

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A group of southeast European countries has pledged to intensify cooperation in the fight against terrorism in the region, Europe and the world.

Meeting Tuesday in Tirana, Albania, foreign ministers of the 13 countries making up the South-East European Cooperation Process issued a 10-point statement condemning the “the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and terrorist cells in Europe” and beyond.

The ministers expressed a commitment to support through all “appropriate mechanisms” the global coalition against terrorism. The group particularly mentioned the militant group Islamic State for its “horrendous terrorist acts and atrocities.”

The ministers emphasized that terrorism is not justifiable, regardless of its “motivation or origins,” and “cannot and should not be associated with any particular nationality, religion or ethnic group.”

They said that “common threats and challenges require common responses and actions,” including strengthening the rule of law and implementing policies promoting economic development, youth, education, equal opportunities, equal access to health and the job market.

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Kosovo are members of the South-East European Cooperation Process.

this pressed for reality check: Sacred Justice | Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy

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Writer, professor, singer, author of three books–Sacred Justice, The Mind’s Eye, and Writing and Healing–and essays,articles, and poems.

Sacred Justice

Posted: 02/10/2015 9:57 am EST Updated: 02/10/2015 9:59 am EST

The year 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in which over a million Armenians were murdered by the Ottoman Turks. We are already seeing articles that commemorate the Genocide, but one story essential to understanding the Armenian response remains to be told–that of the leadership of Operation Nemesis, a clandestine effort to carry out the death sentences given to the Turkish architects of the Genocide who had escaped punishment.

I grew up in my maternal grandparents’ small two-story frame house in Syracuse, New York where heated, weighty conversations about Armenian history and culture took place, but I knew nothing about Operation Nemesis. I heard my how grandmother Eliza loaded rifles to protect the town in the siege of Dortyol during the 1909 Adana massacres in which 30,000 Armenians were murdered; how her brother, Mihran stole past Turkish guns to destroy the dam the Turks built to cripple the

via Sacred Justice | Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy.

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this pressed as a history lesson: The Conquest of Constantinople, Hagia Sofia and Turkey — EU | Constantine Tzanos

Posted: 06/25/2014 12:02 pm EDT Updated: 08/25/2014 5:59 am EDT

Many countries have a national or independence day to celebrate their nationhood, or their freedom from the yoke imposed on them by another country or an imperial power.

In 1950, the Turkish Council of Ministers established the Istanbul Conquest Society which every year organizes, on May 29, the celebration of the conquest, by the Ottoman Turks, of Constantinople (Istanbul), the capital of the Christian Byzantine Empire from 330 to 1453 AD. The conquest was celebrated again this year with speeches, fireworks and reenactments of the assault, heavily sanitized from what really happened, glorifying and attributing lofty ideals to a great human catastrophe.

The Turkish journalist Burak Bekdil wrote in 2012:

Professor Mehmet Görmez, head of the General Directorate for Religious Affairs, who, at least in words, promotes interfaith dialogue, declared ‘Conquest, is not the occupation of lands or the destroying of cities and castles. The conquest is the conquest of hearts! In our history there has never been occupation. In our history, there has always been conquest.’ Sadly, his commemorating remarks for Conquest 1453 echoed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sentimental attachment to the Muslim-Turkish supremacy theory. According to Professor Görmez, one of the two pillars of conquest is to ‘open up minds to Islam and hearts to the Quran.’ Therefore, Turkey’s top Muslim cleric reasoned, the Conquest of Constantinople was the conquest of hearts.

The historian S. Runciman in The Fall of Constantinople 1453 writes:

via The Conquest of Constantinople, Hagia Sofia and Turkey — EU | Constantine Tzanos.

historic musical bits: Vladimir Horowitz, piano: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1948) , great compositions/performances

Vladimir Horowitz, piano: Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 (1948)

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 19

1408   The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor.
1701   Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid.
1807   Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested in Alabama for treason. He is later found innocent.
1847   Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donnor Party in the Sierras.
1861   Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom.
1902   Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France.
1903   The Austria-Hungary government decrees a mandatory two year military service.
1915   British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of Gallipoli.
1917   American troops are recalled from the Mexican border.
1919   The First Pan African Congress meets in Paris, France.
1925   President Calvin Coolidge proposes the phasing out of inheritance tax.
1926   Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years.
1942   Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, is bombed by the Japanese.
1944   The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.
1965   Fourteen Vietnam War protesters are arrested for blocking the United Nations’ doors in New York.
1966   Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
1976   Britain slashes welfare spending.
1981   The U.S. State Department calls El Salvador a “textbook case” of a Communist plot.
1987   New York Governor Mario Cuomo declares that he will not run for president in the next election.
Born on February 19
1473   Nicholas Copernicus, Polish astronomer who introduced the idea that the earth revolved around the sun.
1683   Philip V, King of Spain.
1817   William III, King of the Netherlands.
1859   Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry.
1902   Kay Boyle, short story writer (“The White Horses of Vienna”).
1911   Merle Oberon, film actress.
1917   Carson McCuller, writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter).
1940   Smokey Robinson, American singer and songwriter.
1952   Amy Tan, novelist (The Joy Luck CLub, The Kitchen God’s Wife).

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The Battle of Gallipoli Begins (1915)

The Battle of Gallipoli Begins (1915)

The Battle of Gallipoli took place on the Turkish peninsula of Gallipoli during World War I. It was initiated by the Allies to open a Black Sea supply route to Russia and capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. The Allied navy arrived at Gallipoli in February 1915 but did not get sufficient land support for two months, giving the Turkish army ample time to reinforce its troops. After months of fighting, the Allied forces withdrew in January 1916. What had caused the Allied army’s delay? More… Discuss

this pressed for the bees and the flowers: Flash – Nature’s ‘medicine cabinet’ fights bee disease – France 24

18 February 2015 – 01H40

Nature’s ‘medicine cabinet’ fights bee disease

© AFP/File | Honey bees gather on a moveable comb hive at the Bee Research Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland on August 22, 2007


Floral nectar contains a bouquet of natural chemicals that may help fight parasite infection in bumble bees, a study said Wednesday.

The findings throw up clues for helping honey bee colonies battling mysterious but catastrophic decline.

Biologists in New England tested eight nectar compounds on North American bumble bees — Latin name Bombus impatiens — that had been infected in the lab with an intestinal parasite called Crithidia bombi.

Four of the eight were effective against Crithidia, which is spread by bee faeces and lowers winter survival rates and reproductive success.

via Flash – Nature’s ‘medicine cabinet’ fights bee disease – France 24.

Most Facebook content censored 1 India 2 Turkey 3 Pakistan 4 Germany 5 Russia — Conrad Hackett

Photo-Sharing App a Popular Tool for Doctors: Share your medical anomalies with the world? How stupid is that?

Photo-Sharing App a Popular Tool for Doctors

While seemingly everyone is on Instagram, doctors have their own photo-sharing app for medical anomalies: Figure 1. It was created by physician Josh Landy to be a “global knowledge notebook,” a way to get second, third, and fourth opinions on a case—virtually—and to be a learning tool in the medical profession. Such sharing has raised concerns about doctor-patient confidentiality, but all personal information is removed when images are uploaded, and patients must give permission for their pictures to be shared. As of summer 2014, Figure 1 had 150,000 users. More… Discuss

this pressed for your information: BBC News – Ukraine now a ‘crisis for Russia and West’, says ex-MI6 boss

Sir John Sawers Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, warned Western governments against arming Ukraine

Ukraine now a ‘crisis for Russia and West’, says ex-MI6 boss

Sir John Sawers Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, warned Western governments against arming Ukraine

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The conflict in Ukraine is now part of a much bigger crisis between Russia and the West, MI6’s former head has said.

Sir John Sawers warned the crisis was no longer about just Ukraine, saying it was “much bigger and more dangerous”.

via BBC News – Ukraine now a ‘crisis for Russia and West’, says ex-MI6 boss.

Love Is in the Air

Love Is in the Air

If you’ve had enough with online dating, try airline dating. Australian airline Jetstar has teamed with a feng shui master to match compatible single passengers. Interested participants simply need to enter their relationship status and birthday online to generate a feng shui report that lists their ideal travel destinations and in-flight seats, as well as their best zodiac matches. Single passengers can also enter a contest to win a trip overseas with a blind date selected based on potential compatibility. The program, called “Love Is in the Zodiac Pair,” drew 5,000 applications within hours of launching. More… Discuss

“Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams

“Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams

Must read: Ebola in Liberia: According to Dr. Kwan Kew Lai’s Blog

Today is the Feast of St. Kew, a little known Welsh saint, probably of the fifth century. She was the sister of a hermit called Docco who founded a monastery at or near the village of St. Kew which is now in Cornwall, England. Nothing much is known about her except that she was able to cause some wild boars to obey her, this ability caught the attention of her said brother who condescended to finally speak to her. Why they were not on speaking terms to begin with was a mystery.What is in a name? Kew is my given name. It would be unheard of to have a saint with my name especially someone from Asia. My daughter, Cara, was told by her Confraternity Christian Development (CCD) teacher that everyone has a saint who bears his or her name. She searched in vain for a saint with her name.

via Ebola in Liberia.

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today’s holiday: Georgia Day (2015)

Georgia Day (2015)

Also known as Oglethorpe Day, February 12 commemorates the day in 1733 when James Edward Oglethorpe and 120 other Englishmen landed in Savannah, Georgia, to establish a new colony. In 1965, the anniversary of the state’s founding was officially proclaimed Georgia Day. On February 12, there is a procession through the historic town of Savannah and a luncheon. Since 1966, there has been a reenactment of Oglethorpe’s landing, with costumed residents playing the roles of Georgia’s first European settlers and of the American Indians who greeted them upon their arrival. More… Discuss

news: Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous

Nighttime Surgery No More Dangerous

Many people believe that the best time to schedule surgery is during the day, but what if you can’t control when you go under the knife? According to a new study, it doesn’t matter. The study found no difference in patient deaths when comparing daytime and nighttime trauma surgeries. The research focused on US mortality rates in exploratory laparotomies, which are done to determine the extent of a trauma patient’s injuries. Some experts have called for additional research that focuses on more complex surgeries and the number of hours surgeons worked before operating. More… Discuss

*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

Documentary | The Boy With Divine Powers – History Channel – National Geographic

EU faces Greek democracy in great euro poker game – UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

EU faces Greek democracy in great euro poker game – UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

If you care about God’s handiwork you’ll protect nature, Pope says

If you care about God‘s handiwork you’ll protect nature, Pope says
Lake Mountain Mist Nature (CC0 1.0).

By Ann Schneible

.- Set to finish his encyclical on the environment next month, Pope Francis said during his daily Mass at the Vatican on Monday that Christians who fail to safeguard nature do not care about God’s handiwork.

“A Christian who does not protect creation, who does not allow it to grow, is a Christian who does not care about God’s labors” which are borne out of God’s love for us, the Pope said Feb. 9.

His remarks were based in part on the day’s first reading from Genesis 1:1-19, comparing God’s creation of the universe with the Jesus’ “re-creation” of that which “had been ruined by sin.”

Pope Francis announced to journalists on his way to the Philippines last month that plans to have his much-anticipated encyclical on man’s relationship with creation finished in March. 

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Portal:Christianity/DYK Archive ( From Wikipedia)


…that the Bible was the greatest passion of Sir Isaac Newton, who said, “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired… I study the Bible daily”?
…that the Black Madonna of Częstochowa is credited with miraculously saving the Polish monastery of Jasna Góra (English: Bright Hill) from a Swedish 17th century invasion, known as The Deluge?
…that taking $370m in the United States, Mel Gibson‘s film The Passion of the Christ became the highest-grossing R-rated film ever made?
…that, with 74% of its population Catholic and 15.4% Protestant, Brazil has the largest Christian population in the world?

health news: Canes and Walkers May Increase Fall Risk

Canes and Walkers May Increase Fall Risk

Many elderly people use canes and walkers to get around, but a new study reveals how dangerous these aids can be when used without proper training. Untrained users tend to drag the cane or walker, thus creating a dangerous gait pattern that increases the risk of falling. The study focused on 43 older adults in an assisted living facility and found that those using walking aids were nearly four times more likely to fall than those without aids. Experts recommend training individuals to use such devices as well as instructing them in balance recovery and gait exercises. More… Discuss

The return of the past – THE LP: The Fine Arts Quartet: Courtly Music of Mendelssohn (4/6: Four Pieces for String Quartet, op. 81) , great compositions/performance s

The Fine Arts Quartet: Courtly Music of Mendelssohn (4/6: Four Pieces for String Quartet, op. 81)


Human Civilization: Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook

Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook

A previously unknown version of the Magna Carta—the most famous document in British constitutional history—has been found tucked in a scrapbook by an archivist in the British town of Sandwich. The discovery comes just days after four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta went on display in London. The Magna Carta, issued in 1215 by King John of England, asserted that no one, not even the king, was above the law. The newly found version appears to have been published under King Edward I in 1300. More… Discuss

Tuesday: Did you know?

Did you know?


JOHANNES BRAHMS- Serenade Nº2 A, Op. 16

JOHANNES BRAHMS.- Serenade Nº2 A, Op. 16

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire – Basilique Notre-Dame de la PaixArchitect(s): Architect – Pierre Fakhoury

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace (Yamoussoukro)

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There is a similarly named Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu.
Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix
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Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro
Basic information
Location Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire
Geographic coordinates 6°48′40″N 5°17′47″WCoordinates: 6°48′40″N 5°17′47″W
Affiliation Catholic (Roman Rite)
Year consecrated 1990
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Minor basilica
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architect(s) Pierre Fakhoury
Architectural type Church
Direction of façade NE
Completed 1990
Construction cost US$300m
Capacity 18,000
Length 195 metres (640 ft)
Width 150 metres (490 ft)
Width (nave) 55 metres (180 ft)
Height (max) 158 metres (518 ft)
Dome dia. (outer) 90 metres (300 ft)[1]
Materials marble

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro (French: Basilique Notre-Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of US$300 million. The design of the dome and encircled plaza are clearly inspired by[2] those of the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City, although it is not an outright replica.[3] The cornerstone was laid on 10 August 1985, and it was consecrated on 10 September 1990 by Pope John Paul II.[4]

The basilica is not a cathedral. The nearby Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the principal place of worship and seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro.[5]

Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world, having surpassed the previous record holder, St. Peter’s Basilica, upon completion. It has an area of 30,000 sq metres (322,917 sq ft) and is 158 m (518 ft) high.[6] However, it also includes a rectory and a villa (counted in the overall area), which are not strictly part of the church. It can accommodate 18,000 worshippers, compared to 60,000 for St. Peter’s.[7]

The Basilica is administered by Polish Pallottines.

Monday: Archive of Did you know?

Drawing of Rome during the fourteenth century.

Drawing of Rome during the fourteenth century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Archive of Did you know?


Catherine of Siena escorted pope Gregory XI at...

Catherine of Siena escorted pope Gregory XI at Rome on 17th January 1377. Fresco by Giorgio Vasari (30.07.1511-27.06.1574). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Avignon, Palais des Papes, France

Avignon, Palais des Papes, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

health: Study Says Motion Sickness Is in the Genes

Study Says Motion Sickness Is in the Genes

If you feel an unpleasant queasiness while traveling in a car or boat, it could be genetic, according to a recent study by personal genomics company 23andMe. Using genetic data from more than 80,000 of its customers, 23andMe was able to link motion sickness to 35 genetic factors—many of which are involved in the nervous system, balance, and eye and ear development. However, having these gene variants does not guarantee that one will experience motion sickness. Research also showed that those who suffer from motion sickness are more likely to develop vertigo and migraines. More… Discuss

Environment News: Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

A coral reef is a ridge of living coral, coral skeletons, and calcium carbonate deposits from organisms such as calcareous algae, mollusks, and protozoans. The resulting structure provides a critical habitat for a wide variety of fish and marine invertebrates. Coral reefs also protect shores against erosion by causing large waves to break and lose some of their force before reaching land. More than 90% of the estimated 109,800 sq mi (284,300 sq km) of reefs in the world are in what region? More… Discuss

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$32,000 raised for man who walks 21 miles to work everyday

Schubert – “String Quartet in E Major, Op. post. 125 Nr. 1, D-87 (November 1813 ?)- Amadeus String Quartet , great compositions/performances

Schubert –  “String Quartet in E Major, Op. post. 125 Nr. 1, D-87

(November 1813 ?)- Amadeus String Quartet 

Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel

Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel

Harper Lee has announced that she will publish her second novel in 2015, a sequel of sorts to her beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee completed the manuscript, titled Go Set a Watchman, in the 1950s, but her editor persuaded her to more fully explore the childhood of the book’s main character, Scout, which resulted in To Kill a Mockingbird—until now, her only novel. Lee, now 88, became reacquainted with the manuscript when her lawyer came upon it last year. More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 : St. Joan of Valois

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Mozart – Alla Turca – Turkish March (60 Minutes Version)

Mozart – Alla Turca – Turkish March (60 Minutes Version)

Published on Jul 17, 2014/214,439

Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart in a 60 minutes rendition from a very rare LP recording featuring piano and orchestra with a repetition of the piece for more than 10 times. This version of the Alla Turca, also known as the Turkish March is the only one accompanied by a symphony orchestra with a more soothing and deep sound of this true master piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The melodic lines in the orchestra are more in the style of Beethoven & Tchaikovsky than Mozart, and remind a little bit of the James Bond Theme, but the concept of the piece is originally followed. Let’s say that this is a modern version of the Turkish March enhanced with the rich orchestral sound.

Enjoy and relax while listening to this really long and calming version of Rondo alla Turca, which can be used for various occasions like music for healing, reading, homework, learning, relaxing, stress relief and even for a musical ambiance if you have some guests at home and when doing any other useful things as well.

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