News Roundup and Ash Wednesday

First off today is the beginning of Lent, for most of us in the West, the Eastern Orthodox begin Great Lent with Clean Monday on the 28th. During this season I am hoping to do more religion post talking about faith and perhaps jazz, we will see what becomes of it.

Vatican: Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS/ISIL and called them martyrs. This article is rather interesting as Pope Francis reflects on man’s tendency to destroy and pointing out that we all bear the mark of Cain as killed his brother and destroyed fraternity. It is a powerful reflection and hopefully you can take some time to read his homily be advised it is in Italian so be careful.

Washington DC Museums: Aside from all the politics in DC there are two new Museums that are coming and I am looking forward for both of them. First is the Museum of Science Fiction which has selected what it’s preview museum is going to look like. The idea is for the preview museum to be portable so it can be taken on the road and later when the real building is up become a second wing. I haven’t seen any date with when the preview museum will open but from earlier documents they were pushing for a debut sometime between 2015 and 2016. The other Museum that has sparked my interest is the Museum of the Bible. Construction has just begun and it is projected to open in 2017. This will be the first and only museum dedicated to the Bible. I really wonder how they will approach the topic as there are many different translations in different languages and types of Bibles. The Jewish people uses the Old Testament in a different order as their Bible, Catholics have 48 books in the Old Testament and The Latter Day Saints have added whole other book to the Bible and will they mention the Quran as well since some individuals appear in there as well. It will be interesting to see what the museum is all about.

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