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Bay Psalm Book Auction Smashes Record For Print Book With $14,200,000 Sale Price From Sotheby's

(139) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 10:44 AM

NEW YORK (RNS) On a dark, damp and expensive Tuesday night at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan, one of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in English in America (and the first book of Scripture), was sold for the highest price ever recorded...

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"Cosas ordinarias, amor extraordinario:" La Madre Teresa y América Latina

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:24 PM

madre teresa de calcuta

No es difícil encontrar imágenes de santos en Tijuana. Pero, hay un imagen, en particular, que es un excepcional retrato doble maravilloso. En un edificio modesto, donde abundan monjas vestidas en saris blancos con tres tiras azules, hay una fotografía de la Madre...

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Mother Teresa As A Psalm

(574) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 9:18 AM

(RNS) On September 5, 1997, the world mourned when Mother Teresa, whose work with the poorest of the poor made her a global icon, died of a heart ailment at age 87.

Exactly 10 years later, the world did a double take, when a volume of Teresa's private letters revealed...

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Museum Of Biblical Art (MoBiA) Raises Its Profile Amid Array Of Challenges

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 7:03 AM

NEW YORK (RNS) When art historian Bruce Boucher wanted to reunite the three panels of a huge 14th-century altarpiece from three different countries, the Italian lender of one of the pieces had one condition: the finished product had to be shown at a big-city museum.

"And of course," said Boucher,...

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The Oscars, the Rabbi, Shakespeare and Psalm 90

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Last week Los Angeles Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center, took time off from his day job -- documenting and attempting to prevent man's inhumanity to man -- to handicap the Oscars for the New York Times. (Hier, who also produces documentaries, is a member...

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Bad News Psalms

(52) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 3:20 PM

It's been a bad few weeks for Psalms in the news. Some perfectly good verses got dropped from a 35-year airline promotion, and a disturbing verse that some fringe characters have been employing for years to call for President Barak Obama's death achieved a new prominence, gleefully forwarded to colleagues...

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The Psalm In Santorum's Political Quiver

(9) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 2:33 PM

The Psalms, like all other Scripture, find their seasons, sometimes lying dormant and then suddenly meaningful again. Take Psalm 127. Jim Bob Duggar arrived in Iowa last Monday with, by his tally, "12 of our 19 children," on a blitz "trying to convince people one by one that Rick Santorum...

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