Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise. At first glance, this arrangement might not appear extraordinary. However, this harmonious relationship is anything but typical, because Hakizimana is responsible for the murder of N’Habimana’s husband 20 years ago.
Guido Gusso was the butler for the Msgr. Angelo Roncalli, the first as Patriarch of Venice, then in Rome as Pope. In those years, they shared many stories and anecdotes. Guido Gusso said that when the Pope tired of walking around the Vatican Gardens, they would come up with ways to dodge Vatican police and leave the walled city.
This is how Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello kicked off a unique exhibit titled Indonesia Land of Harmony. Hosted by the Vatican Museums, it includes 150 objects and artifacts that reflect the country's different ethnicities and religions. FR. NICOLA MAPELLIVatican's Ethnological Museum"The main purpose is to use art to show that a peaceful co-existence is possible between different communities, ethnicities and cultures. Indonesia is a perfect example of this.” Some of these items are gifts that Indonesian communities have given to Popesthroughout the years. Others are gifts that missionaries brought to Rome.
Exactly one year ago, on March 12, 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked into the Sistine Chapel, along with his fellow cardinals to elect a new Pope. What happened next surprised the Church and the world. The Vatican's Master of the Liturgical Celebrations, Guido Marini, said the traditional 'Extra Omnes' phrase to start off the conclave at 17: 32 Rome time.
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..
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