Australia's first Islamic museum has opened its doors to the public - showcasing the rich history, arts and culture of the religion.
“It is so easy to think of people who suffer, or have suffered, as other than ourselves. The very magnitude of the Holocaust means that single voices can be lost. Anne’s words make it personal. It is so very easy to lose track of major events in history. There are many to remember. It is much harder to forget the voice of Anne. Anne has been my companion, perhaps, for the forty six years since I read her book.”
Before World War II, 669 children who were destined for Nazi death camps were rescued and transported to England by Sir Nicholas Winton. Years later, they came together for a touching surprise tribute to their hero..
Few people are aware that under the Vatican you can find the historic necropolis of Via Triumphalis. It's a Roman cemetery located near the Circus of Nero, where, according to tradition, St. Peter was martyred. Starting this month of January, the necropolis will open to the public. It's so well preserved that experts often refer to it as a "Roman Pompeii.”
They are popular works by some world renowned artists but to the Nazis these works were known as 'degenerate art' -seized and banned because Adolf Hitler hated modern art. Now for the first time the Victoria and Albert museum has published the lists which record what happened to the works after they were seized..
Music: Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo MaNominated as Most Creative Video
Let "such horrors never occur again, for they are a disgrace of humanity," says Pope Francis in a hand-written letter to his friend, Buenos Aires Rabbi Abraham Skorka, on the occasion of Memorial Day, a day that commemorates the Holocaust.
Obviously oblivious to the fact that he would have a son who, one day, would become pope, a 17-year-old Mario Bergoglio actually became a sort of informal expert on the papacy, giving talks on the subject in his native Italy. He was even given a very good write-up in the local paper after his talk:
The year 2013 saw dramatic events in the life of the Catholic Church. A video by Catholic News Service!
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