Religion & Belief

During the second Vatican Council, a Cardinal from Belgium shouted “Why are we even discussing the future of the Church when half the Church is not even here?” Referring to the lack of women religious on the Council. 23 women were then appointed as auditors

Second Vatican Council Part of a series on Ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church Renaissance depiction of the Council of Trent Antiquity (c. 50 – 451) Jerusalem Nicaea I Constantinople I Ephesus Chalcedon Rome Early Middle Ages (553–870) Constantinople II Constantinople III Nicaea II Constantinople IV High and Late Middle Ages (1122–1517) Lateran I Lateran …

During the second Vatican Council, a Cardinal from Belgium shouted “Why are we even discussing the future of the Church when half the Church is not even here?” Referring to the lack of women religious on the Council. 23 women were then appointed as auditors Read More »

Meet a psychological phenomenon known as psychic numbing, the idea that “the more people die, the less we care”. We not only become numb to the significance of increasing numbers, but our compassion can actually fade as numbers increase.

What makes people stop caring? The death of an individual can have a powerful effect on our emotions, but as numbers rise so does our indifference. Why? “If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” These are the words of a woman whose acts of …

Meet a psychological phenomenon known as psychic numbing, the idea that “the more people die, the less we care”. We not only become numb to the significance of increasing numbers, but our compassion can actually fade as numbers increase. Read More »

Hindu holy books ‘Vedas’ refer to a “third sex,” roughly defined as people for whom sex is not procreative, either through impotence or a lack of desire for the opposite sex. Members of the third sex are sometimes sometimes recognized for having divine powers or insights.

Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Hinduism In Hindu belief, deities can take many forms, but all combine in the universal spirit of Brahman. Unlike Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which focus on the actions of a single lifetime, Hindu belief centers on a continuous process of birth and rebirth that ultimately releases the true self …

Hindu holy books ‘Vedas’ refer to a “third sex,” roughly defined as people for whom sex is not procreative, either through impotence or a lack of desire for the opposite sex. Members of the third sex are sometimes sometimes recognized for having divine powers or insights. Read More »

The Exorcism of Emily Rose was based on real life events. Anneliese Michel suffered from Epileptic Psychosis as well as other mental disorders. She went through 67 exorcisms within a year and died of malnutrition. Her parents and priest were charged with negligent homicide.

The Weird Tale of Anneliese Michel Searching about the weird tale of Anneliese Michel? You have come to the right place. We take a look at one of the persons who have been searched for quite a bit online, as people look forward to knowing more about her, and her life. It’s a real story, …

The Exorcism of Emily Rose was based on real life events. Anneliese Michel suffered from Epileptic Psychosis as well as other mental disorders. She went through 67 exorcisms within a year and died of malnutrition. Her parents and priest were charged with negligent homicide. Read More »

The spaniards destroyed an Inca temple and built a cathedral on the temples foundations. Later, an earthquake completely destroyed the Spanish-made cathedral but left the foundations of the temple intact.

Coricancha, the Incas’ temple of the sun: a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 3 The thin air and harsh, rocky slopes of the Peruvian Andes wouldn’t seem to be a likely locale for the capital of an extensive pre-Columbus empire. Any community seeking to thrive under these conditions would need to be equipped …

The spaniards destroyed an Inca temple and built a cathedral on the temples foundations. Later, an earthquake completely destroyed the Spanish-made cathedral but left the foundations of the temple intact. Read More »

A research that analyzed the birthdays of all 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales failed to reveal any evidence of attraction or compatibility between people of particular star signs.

Love not in the stars Lonely hearts who turn to horoscopes to find their perfect partner are wasting their time, according to the largest test of astrology ever carried out. Dr David Voas from The University of Manchester said that zodiac ‘love signs’ have no impact on our chances of marrying â and staying married. …

A research that analyzed the birthdays of all 20 million husbands and wives in England and Wales failed to reveal any evidence of attraction or compatibility between people of particular star signs. Read More »

Leaving cookies and milk for Santa started to become popular in the U.S during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their kids it was better to give and to be grateful for presents they received during times of economic hardship.

Don’t Forget Santa’s Cookies and Milk: The History of a Popular Christmas Tradition Today in the United States, leaving out a plate of cookies (Oreos and classic chocolate chip are popular choices) and a glass of milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve is a well-established tradition among children. But it hasn’t always been that …

Leaving cookies and milk for Santa started to become popular in the U.S during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their kids it was better to give and to be grateful for presents they received during times of economic hardship. Read More »

The pilgrims didn’t actually leave England because of religious persecution. They left because they were staunch Puritan conservatives and didn’t think the church was strict enough.

Motives for migration to and from Britain – religion and ideas Ulster Plantations, Pilgrim Fathers and the migration of Huguenots Looking West The 16th and 17th centuries were periods of tremendous change in Britain and Europe. Christianity was still the dominant intellectual force but it had been strongly influenced by the cultural Renaissance of the …

The pilgrims didn’t actually leave England because of religious persecution. They left because they were staunch Puritan conservatives and didn’t think the church was strict enough. Read More »

Some Buddhist monks attempt to mummify themselves alive—and at least two dozen have succeeded. The process involves eating only pine needles, resins & seeds to eliminate all body fat, and then slowly reducing liquid intake to zero, thus dehydrating the body and shrinking all organs, until death.

Sokushinbutsu The body of the Thai Buddhist monk Luang Pho Daeng at Wat Khunaram, Ko Samui, Thailand Sokushinbutsu (即身仏) are a kind of Buddhist mummy. The term refers to the practice of Buddhist monks observing asceticism to the point of death and entering mummification while alive. They are seen in a number of Buddhist countries, …

Some Buddhist monks attempt to mummify themselves alive—and at least two dozen have succeeded. The process involves eating only pine needles, resins & seeds to eliminate all body fat, and then slowly reducing liquid intake to zero, thus dehydrating the body and shrinking all organs, until death. Read More »

Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians.

Saint Lawrence This article is about the 3rd-century Christian martyr. For other people or places called Saint Lawrence, see Saint Lawrence (disambiguation). See also: San Lorenzo Saint Lawrence or Laurence (Latin: Laurentius, lit. “laurelled”; 31 December AD 225 – 10 August 258) was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy, under …

Meet St. Lawrence, who was burned to death on a gridiron by the prefect of Rome for distributing alms to the poor. After being burned on the gridiron for a long time, he said “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”, and became the patron saint of comedians. Read More »