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August 24, 2013
Lincoln Castle archaeologists to extract sarcophagus
The stone sarcophagus, believed to date from about AD 900, was found alongside the remains of a church which was previously unknown.
Source: BBC

August 22, 2013
Ancient Artificial Harbor Found in Israel
Archaeologists say they have discovered massive fortifications on the coast of Israel that may have protected an Assyrian artificial harbor more than 2,700 years ago.
Source: LiveScience

August 14, 2013
Byzantine Treasure Found in Ancient Trash Pit
Hundreds of coins, intact lamps and even ancient gold jewelry have been found in Israel, curiously discarded hundreds of years ago in a Byzantine garbage dump.
Source: LiveScience

August 13, 2013
'Guardian Angel' at Missouri Car Accident Identified
The mystery priest who seemingly came from nowhere to pray with an accident victim at the scene of a head-on car crash in Missouri has come forward to say that he was only doing the basic job of a priest and most of the credit goes to God, who "took such good care of" the injured woman.
Source: ABC News/Good Morning America

August 10, 2013
'Mystery Priest' Vanishes After Anointing Crash Victim
An unidentified allegedly drunken driver hit Katie Lentz, of Quincy, Mo., head on Aug. 4 while traveling on Route 19 near Center, Mo., pinning the 19-year-old in the front seat of her convertible. With her vital signs failing fast, she asked rescue crews to pray with her. That's when first responders say a man who looked like a Catholic priest seemed to appear out of nowhere, despite a 2-mile perimeter blocking the scene.
Source: ABC News Blogs

August 8, 2013
Amazing Maya Facade Exposed in Guatemala
An enormous, elaborately decorated Maya façade has been uncovered in Guatemala on the outside of a mysterious ancient building that archaeologists are trying to explore.
Source: LiveScience.com

August 5, 2013
Crusader Hospital Reconstructed in Jerusalem
A huge Crusader hospital in Jerusalem will soon be opened to the public after a decade-long reconstruction, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (Aug. 5).
Source: LiveScience

August 2, 2013
Archaeologist Claims Piece of Jesus' Cross Found at Ancient Church in Turkey
An archaeologist overseeing a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey's Sinop Province claims her team has discovered a 1,350-year-old stone chest containing "a piece of a cross" and which she believes possibly came from the one on which Jesus was crucified as recorded in the Gospels.
Source: Christian Post Reporter

August 1, 2013
Ancient 'Hall of the Dead' Unearthed in England
Archaeologists have unearthed two nearly 6,000-year-old burial mounds and the remains of two massive buildings in England.
Source: LiveScience.com

July 31, 2013
Message decoded: 3,000-year-old text sheds light on biblical history
A few characters on the side of a 3,000-year-old earthenware jug dating back to the time of King David have stumped archaeologists until now -- and a fresh translation may have profound ramifications for our understanding of the Bible.
Source: FoxNews.com

July 29, 2013
Medieval Coffin at King Richard III Site Holds … Another Coffin
King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries this summer. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside.
Source: LiveScience.com

July 21, 2013
Monks in Egypt’s Lawless Sinai Hope to Preserve an Ancient Library
Just as they have done for 17 centuries, the Greek Orthodox monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt's Sinai desert and the local Jabaliya Bedouins worked together to protect the monastery when the 2011 revolution thrust Egypt into a period of uncertainty.
Source: Time

July 20, 2013
King David-Era Palace Found in Israel, Archaeologists Say
Archaeologists say they've uncovered two royal buildings from Israel's biblical past, including a palace suspected to have belonged to King David.
Source: LiveScience.com

July 13, 2013
Ancient Graves, Pyramid Ruins Found in Mexico
Construction work in eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of a pyramid, believed to be up to 2,000 years old, archaeology officials announced.
Source: LiveScience.com

July 10, 2013
Ancient Inscription From King Solomon's Time Unearthed
A shard of pottery unearthed near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem bears an inscription that dates to the 10th century B.C.
Source: LiveScience.com

June 7, 2013
Francis gets personal: 'I didn't want to be pope'
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis revealed Friday that he never wanted to be pope and that he's living in the Vatican hotel for his "psychiatric" health.

May 23, 2013
Submerged structure stumps Israeli archaeologists
TIBERIAS, Israel (AP) — The massive circular structure appears to be an archaeologists dream: a recently discovered antiquity that could reveal secrets of ancient life in the Middle East and is just waiting to be excavated.
Source: Associated Press

May 14, 2013
Builders bulldoze big Mayan pyramid in Belize
BELIZE CITY (AP) — A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday.
Source: Associated Press

April 16, 2013
2,000-Year-Old Ritual Bath Found in Jerusalem
Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they've found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath with a sophisticated system to keep water pure, Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
Source: LiveScience.com

April 6, 2013
Pope Francis makes first Curia appointment
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday named a Spanish Franciscan to be the No. 2 at the Vatican's office for religious orders, his first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy badly in need of a shakeup.
Source: Associated Press

March 29, 2013
Shroud of Turin Hits Airwaves Amid New Claims That It's Real
A viewing of the The Shroud of Turin, thought by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will reportedly be televised Saturday on Italian State TV in what is said to be former Pope Benedict XVI's parting gift to the Catholic Church.
Source: ABC News

March 28, 2013
Ky. lawmakers override religious freedom veto
Ky. lawmakers override governor's veto of religious freedom bill, opponents fear lawsuits
Source: Associated Press

March 26, 2013
Sustainable Food Trends Appear on Passover Tables
For adherents to Judaism, Monday marked the first of eight nights of Passover, the ages-old remembrance of the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery to freedom. Traditionally, families and friends gather for the first two evenings to read the Exodus story, participate in special blessings and rituals, and sing songs.
Source: Takepart.com

March 23, 2013
Pope Francis tells Benedict: "We're brothers"
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis traveled Saturday to this hill town south of Rome to have lunch with his "brother" and predecessor Benedict XVI, a historic and potentially problematic melding of the papacies that has never before confronted the Catholic Church.
Source: Associated Press

March 20, 2013
Marketing Miracle: What History Channel’s The Bible Can Teach Content Creators
On March 3rd, History Channel’s The Bible premiered to an impressive 14.1 million viewers. With the latest installment pulling in 11 million viewers, it’s clear that audience retention rates are just as remarkable.
Source: Business 2 Community

March 19, 2013
Pope sets tone for humbler papacy, calls for defense of the weak
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis set the tone for a new, humbler papacy on Tuesday with a call for the defense of the weak and the environment, saying this was the way to prevent the triumph of death and destruction.
Source: Reuters

March 18, 2013
Why History Channel's 'The Bible' draws boffo ratings despite reviews
Reviews of History Channel's 'The Bible' are lukewarm at best, but the Easter-season series is scoring high ratings, pointing to what some call an overlooked appetite for religious storytelling.
Source: Christian Science Monitor

March 15, 2013
Francis pays tribute to Benedict, reflects on age
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis paid a heartfelt tribute Friday to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had "enriched and invigorated" the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever.
Source: Associated Press

March 14, 2013
Seagull Perched on Sistine Chapel Chimney Draws Twitter, Meme Antics
Well, it's not a cardinal. But two birds made themselves international stars at the papal Conclave, lighting the Internet aflame with comments and jokes.
Source: ABC News Blogs

March 13, 2013
NEW POPE ELECTED!
CARDINAL JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO: Bergoglio, 76, has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests. The archbishop of Buenos Aires reportedly got the second-most votes after Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 papal election, and he has long specialized in the kind of pastoral work that some say is an essential skill for the next pope. In a lifetime of teaching and leading priests in Latin America, which has the largest share of the world's Catholics, Bergoglio has shown a keen political sensibility as well as the kind of self-effacing humility that fellow cardinals value highly. Bergoglio is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.
Source: Associated Press

Shape-Shifting Jesus Described in Ancient Egyptian Text
A newly deciphered Egyptian text, dating back almost 1,200 years, tells part of the crucifixion story of Jesus with apocryphal plot twists, some of which have never been seen before.
Source: LiveScience.com

March 12, 2013
Cardinals head to conclave to elect pope for troubled Church
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic cardinals prayed for divine help on Tuesday, hours before a conclave to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the Church at one of the most difficult periods in its history.
Source: Reuters

March 10, 2013
Top contenders to be the next pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals from around the world gather this week in a conclave to elect a new pope following the stunning resignation of Benedict XVI.
Source: Associated Press

March 6, 2013
For next pope, cardinals want youngish, polyglot MBA-type
Issues of governance at the Vatican are weighing on the men who will pick the next leader of the Catholic Church.

They troop each day into a hall just a few minutes’ walk from St. Peter’s Square, passing through a doorway flanked by Swiss Guards in black berets and their distinctive red, yellow, and blue striped uniforms.
Source: Christian Science Monitor

March 5, 2013

Conservative Canadian a Top Contender to be Pope
TORONTO (AP) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet once said that being pope "would be a nightmare." He would know, having enjoyed the confidence of two popes as a top-ranked Vatican insider.
Source: Associated Press

February 28, 2013
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) — Benedict XVI left the Catholic Church in unprecedented limbo Thursday as he became the first pope in 600 years to resign, capping a tearful day of farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor.
Source: Associated Press


February 11, 2013
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.
Source: Associated Press

Source: Associated Press
 
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