Religion & Belief

Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe provided shelter to 2000 Jews during WW2. He was later sent to Auschwitz where he volunteered to sacrifice his life for a stranger.

Maximilian Kolbe Maximilian Maria Kolbe OFM Conv. (Polish: Maksymilian Maria Kolbe [maksɨˌmʲilʲan ˌmarʲja ˈkɔlbɛ]; 8 January 1894 – 14 August 1941), a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. He had been active in promoting …

Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe provided shelter to 2000 Jews during WW2. He was later sent to Auschwitz where he volunteered to sacrifice his life for a stranger. Read More »

The term scapegoat comes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it.

Thus only shall Aaron enter the Shrine: with a bull of the herd for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. And from the Israelite community he shall take two he-goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. Aaron shall take the two he-goats and let them stand …

The term scapegoat comes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it. Read More »

In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

Hocus-pocus What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Hocus-pocus’? From the early 17th century onwards ‘hocus pocus’ (now more often spelled as a single hyphenated word) has been used as an incantation by conjurers when performing tricks. Conjurers didn’t limit themselves to the phrase hocus pocus in their stage patter. The first [feature that juggling consists …

In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today. Read More »

For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered.

Pope Soter (Saint) (166-175), died a martyr [4] Pope Eleuterus (Saint) (175-189), died a martyr [4] Pope Victor I (Saint) 189-199, died a martyr [4] Pope Calixtus I (Saint) (217-222), died a martyr [4] Pope Urban I (Saint) 222-230, died a martyr [4] Pope Fabian (Saint) Elected 236-1-10 and died a martyr 250-1-20 during persecution …

For almost 300 years, the office of the pope was almost certainly a death sentence. 28 of the first 31 consecutive popes were violently murdered. Read More »