Been thinking about the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. The story of Jesus raising him from the death is told in the Gospel of John. Also told in John is his presence at a feats given by Simon the leper just before Passover and his crucifixion.
Map of Syrian Civil War and the Iraqi insurgency. June 14, 2014. By Haghal Jagul [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons The establishment of a caliphate in Iraq is laden with 1,200 years of history. Baghdad, for a glorious five hundred years, was the political capital of Islam and a center for what has been called “the […]
On Oct. 1, the Federal government shutdown due to the failure of Congress to pass a budget for at least five years. The effects have varied but seemingly at random. One religion has been singled out for unusual attention by the Department of Defense as part of its closures. Roman Catholics have been prevented from attending religious services, classes and other religious events on military bases worldwide.
Benedict has suggested that he will live a life of prayer in the monastery. Whether that means he will be cloistering himself, or becoming a hermit, is unclear. He could ask to be received into a religious order that lives by a rule and practices some form of solitary prayer, such as the Carthusians or the Camaldolese. He may also choose a simple life of prayer, contemplation and writing aided by his staff.