Pope Francis in Turkey
#459739648 / gettyimages.com “Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears, which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers,” the pope said in televised remarks in Ankara, Turkey. Worth hearing and heeding in every church, temple and synagogue every Sabbath…. (KS) “The pope smiled and waved before entering the Hagia Sophia museum, which dates to the sixth century. The church was converted into a mosque after the 1453 Ottoman conquest, and made a museum in 1935. From prayer, Christian and Muslim, to museum… not a happy progression! Religion worships a living God, not preserved artifacts. (KS)
Oil Lamp From Jewish Catacombs in Rome
There are Christian and Jewish catacombs on the outskirts of Rome. They are very similar. A major difference is the type of symbols used to decorate the catacombs. Christians would use images. The menorah on this oil lamp indicates it is from the Jewish catacombs.