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‘Priceless’ medieval church artifacts stolen

National alerts were issued for several ‘priceless’ church artifacts stolen overnight on Sunday from Tidersrums church in southeastern Sweden’s Kisa. Among the missing items are an altar cross or crucifix, two candlesticks and three wooden sculptures from the 13th and 14th centuries. The sculptures, which newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten described as “priceless” on its website on…

Pope cites medieval mystic as model for discovering God’s presence

Pope Benedict XVI said the penitential path of a little-known medieval mystic offers modern men and women a lesson on discovering the presence of God in their lives. He made the remarks at his general audience Oct. 13 in St. Peter’s Square, where tens of thousands of pilgrims joined him on an unusually warm fall…

Papal audience topic: St. Gertrude, great German mystic and theologian

Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of weekly talks on influential Christian women of the Middle Ages, speaking about St. Gertrude at his public audience on October 6. Born in 1256, St. Gertrude entered a convent school as a young girl, chose to enter monastic life, and had established herself as an outstanding scholar by…

Pope continues audience talks on influential Christian women

At his weekly public audience on September 29, Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of talks on the influential women of the Middle Ages, speaking about St. Matilda of Hackeborn. Born into a noble family in 1241 or 1242, St. Matilda entered religious life and soon became head of a convent school; later she became…

At 1841 Society Luncheon, a Medieval Pilgrimage Comes to Life

At a recent luncheon, a Fordham professor gave a virtual tour of a European pilgrimage route that has attracted untold thousands of people throughout history, ranging from medieval noblemen to Fordham students who posted travel dispatches on the Internet. Richard Gyug, Ph.D., professor of history and medieval studies, spoke on Sept. 21 at a luncheon…

Hermit Monks Plan Monastery On Remote Wyoming Ranch

Plans by a group of Roman Catholic hermit monks to erect an outsized monastery in northern Wyoming have pitted neighbor against neighbor and aroused debate with religious undertones. At the center of the Wyoming controversy is a remote ranch where the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel want to build a…

USC Adds Medieval Bible to Collection

The Ernest Hollings special collections library, has added something very special to the collection. The library has received a rare medieval Bible, dated back to 1240. It was written in Oxford, England, and is a smaller version so monks and friars could carry it around. It was purchased for $77,000 and is written in Latin….

Pope speaks on medieval mystic, Hildegard of Bingen

At his regular weekly public audience on September 1, Pope Benedict spoke about “the precious role that women have played, and continue to play, in the life of the Church.” As a historical example of that role he spoke about St. Hildegard of Bingen. During the Middle Ages, the Holy Father observed, “certain female figures…

Visiting a medieval monastery in Armenia

The medieval monastery of Geghard in Armenia’s Kotayk province appears almost camouflaged, being partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. Geghard was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and although the monastery has been in place since before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. It…

Medieval Ipswich church saved to become wellbeing centre

£3.5m plans to save Ipswich’s magnificent medieval church St Mary at the Quay, by transforming it into a mental health wellbeing centre are taking shape thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) development grant of £68,500, it was announced this week. The development funding enables the East Suffolk Mind, the charity committed to improving the…

Pilgrims flock to Way of St.James during Holy Year

They come from around the world to have time to think, fulfil a promise or have an adventure: the gruelling “Camino de Santiago” has seen an influx of pilgrims this year, a Holy Year, for a variety of reasons. Joshua Fleming, a 20-year-old Austrian student, said he decided to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de…

Restoration of medieval village church earns English Heritage Award

Restoration work to bring a troubled Lincolnshire church back to its former glory has won an award. English Heritage has announced the Church Of All Saints in Beckingham, near Lincoln, has won the regional Caring For Places Of Worship award. The 13th century grade I listed medieval church was closed in 1998 and almost made…

Holy Grail Discovered?

For 2,000 years the Holy Grail has been the most sought-after relic of the Christian world. Now one man believes he has traced the chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper to the heart of England. GRAHAM BALL speaks to the author EC Coleman about its journey through the hands of saints, kings and…

Medieval monks had ‘dramatic’ impact

Depictions of the antichrist, hell and the “end times” were often the work of Irish monks, a Cork-based research project has found. Medieval monks translated early Christian texts from Greek and Latin and created a rich tapestry of illustrated works, embellished with a dramatic value unique to Ireland. Speaking ahead of a lecture Medieval Visions…