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Oddities News Archive - May 17, 2006

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Thais may not be able to see the "The Da Vinci Code" movie after a police-run censorship board ordered the last 10 minutes cut and some sub-titles changed before it is shown in the largely Buddhist country.

The head of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei says he prays every day for author Dan Brown and the people behind the film of his novel "The Da Vinci Code," which portrays his movement as secretive and murderous.

Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.