|Wieliczka Salt Mine|
carved in rock salt
carved in a wall of rock salt
of Pope John Paul II
WHAT IS THE MINE? WIKIPEDIA SOURCE: The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town ofWieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. Themine continuously produced table salt from the 13th century until 2007 as one of the world's oldest operating salt mines(the oldest being the Bochnia Salt Mine). It is believed to be the world's 14th-oldest company still in operation.
The mine's attractions for tourists include dozens of statues and an entire chapel that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.
Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – It was a Christmas of contrasts for Christians in Kandhamal district. There are reports of celebrations held in a peaceful atmosphere in the area which has witnessed anti-Christian violence, but an episode targeting the rev. Suranjan Nayak district coordinator of the Global Council of Indian Christians shows that fear and intimidation are always lurking.
The rev. Suranjan Nayak told AsiaNews: "Together with my wife, Indumati Nayak, we left our village to travel about 50 km away to celebrate Christmas with relatives. But around 9:30 we got a call from one of our neighbours, who told us that our car was on fire. I immediately notified the police, who sent agents to watch the house on Christmas Eve, until 26 December”.
According to some witnesses, a group of Hindu fundamentalists went to the hospital in Kandhamal, where the wife of rev. Nayak works as Superintendent of Nurses, on the evening of December 25. The radicals have attempted to set fire to the door of Indumati Digal Nayak’s office with kerosene, and finally set fire to the Nayak’s old Fiat for and left shouting aggressive slogans. The head of the police station decided to put Nayak’s home and office under protection.
Suspicions point to the radical Hindu Samanova Kui Samaj Samiti, (Ksss), because in a recent meeting that took place in the Kandhamal rev. Suranjan had clashed verbally with Lombodhar Kanha, Ksss leader in Kandhamal. In front of a government representative, Suranjan Nayak had harshly criticized Lombodhar Kanha, accusing his movement of creating problems and attacking peaceful Christians who only want to practice their faith. On that occasion the rev. Suranjan Nayak had asked the authorities to take measures against the radical Hindus.
Fr. Prabodh Kumar Pradhan, pastor of Raikai, who personally knows Suranjan toldAsiaNews: "This news is very worrying, because it occurred at a time of celebration and joy for all the Christians of the surrounding villages." The attack was strongly condemned by Sajan K. George, chairman of the Global Council of Indian Christians, who alerted the police.
Another source of tension in Orissa, has come from the distribution of a blasphemous picture of Jesus Christ as a greeting card distributed by Manohar Randhari, a local politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Christmas Day. The card shows Jesus with a cigarette and a beer, and has provoked protests by Christians in Nabrangpur district in Orissa. Sajan K. George has strongly condemned this act of provocation, all the more because of the "sensitive" area involved. The Christian community has protested and demanded the immediate arrest of Randhari Manohar, "because he has hurt religious sentiments"; protests blocked roads in various parts of the district. Randhari said he didn’t check the image printed on the card, and that " it was a mistake by the printing press in Bhubaneswar which printed hurriedly". He also went to a church to apologize, but was not admitted.
ALL AFRICA REPORT: The archbishop of the Huambo diocese, Dom José de Queirós Alvs, on Saturday here urged catholic devotees to be committed to building a society of peace, with the intention of showing solidarity and progress, ANGOP has learnt.
Speaking during a midnight mass that gathered over 3,000 devotees, Dom José Alves also said that the construction of a peaceful society will be sign of mutual support, forgiveness and continuous reconciliation.
"As pastors during the Christmas evening, we are called to build this world and witness this new life that we have found in the Lord. Announcing the good news is to commit ourselves to the construction of a society where the peace of Christ is a reality", he said.
CATH NEWS REPORT: A Vatican official said the Holy See should pursue a "strategy of reconciliation" with US religious currently undergoing a visitation, according to a report on LifeSiteNews, based on an interview in the National Catholic Reporter.
Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said in the interview that he does not expect any "punitive" fallout from the visitation, and that before any decisions are made, women's communities should have a chance to know the results and to respond.
"I can say that I would be very surprised if anybody would purport to give any punitive or overly prescriptive norms as a result of this visitation," Archbishop Tobin said, according to the LifeSiteNews report. "If the visitors, in dialogue with the sisters, have identified some specific issues that need to be dealt with, okay. But forcing people into habits or something like that? That's not what this is about."
Tobin also said that a major shake-up of women's religious orders "would be really disrespectful of what women religious in America have accomplished," and that the "depth of anger and hurt that exists among the sisters ... can't be ignored."LifeSiteNews said the Archbishop's words contrasts statements made by now-Cardinal Raymond Burke, in a speech earlier this year, in which he condemned American nuns who have promised "resistance" to the Vatican and have endorsed the Obama health care plan despite its potential to fund abortion procedures.
St. John the Apostle
Feast: December 27
|John 20: 1 - 8|
|1||Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag'dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.|
|2||So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him."|
|3||Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb.|
|4||They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first;|
|5||and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.|
|6||Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying,|
|7||and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself.|
|8||Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;|