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TRAVELS In The Land Of The Catharists …

THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN SECT in the 12th and the 13th century, all over Europe but mainly in the Southwest of France. A purists order, who hated the catholic structures of the church and the papal Rome, preached the simple life and lived in seclusion in fortresses on top of rocky cliffs and almost unreachable … Weiterlesen »

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CHURCHES A Story Of Glory … (No. 50)

You have probably been there but nobody told you. I do here. When you enter the papal basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, you are struck by the sight of the ceiling: very high, very ugly and so richly gilded that you can’t imagine they used real gold. But they did! And the gold came a … Weiterlesen »

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CEMETERIES In Praise of … (No. 44)

It is, some say, the oldest cemetery for travelers in the world, founded in the 8th century  A. C. for pilgrims to Rome. The Campo Santo Teutonico its very small and crowded by tombstones and more a park than a field of graves. I call it an oasis in the shadow of St. Peter, often … Weiterlesen »

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RELIGION The Critic At Large … (No. 20)

The catholic business with the so called „Holy Relics“ is ridiculous. The wise prophet Mohammed knew very well why he didn’t allow such nonsense. The latest idiocy happened around te Polish Pope John Paul II.: When the Turkish assailant Ali Agca tried to kill him on May 13, 1981 with three bullets in front of … Weiterlesen »

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