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Anonymous Takes Down Vatican Website
2012-03-08 12:36:03

The notorious hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, calling the Catholic Church "corrupt." The group took down www.vatican.va, as well as several Vatican-related sites including that of its newspaper. The hackers said it decided to take down the sites in "response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world." "This attack is not against the Christian religion...

Image 1 - ESA Tech Helps To Save Vatican Books
2011-12-20 03:59:09

Antique books in the Vatican Library are being digitized to preserve them for future generations using a technique developed through ESA to store satellite images of the sky. The Library needed a way of scanning the delicate old manuscripts and storing the files so that they could still be read in hundreds of years. The answer was the special file format used by ESA for most of its scientific satellites. In the 1970s ESA and NASA scientists developed ℠FITS´, the flexible...

Image 1 - Astronauts Visit Papal Summer Residence
2011-09-19 08:25:33

  His Holiness the Pope made a video call to the International Space Station in May, talking with all 12 astronauts on ISS including the Shuttle crew for 20 minutes. This morning, he welcomed the astronauts to his summer residence.   ESA astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Roberto Vittori and their crewmates from their MagISStra and DAMA missions visited the Pontifical Villa of Castel Gandolfo in Italy for a private audience with his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. During the audience,...

2011-03-13 08:30:25

The Vatican will roll out a new Facebook page this week to promote the upcoming May 1st beatification of Pope John Paul II, the Associated Press reported on Saturday. Among other things, the new site will link to video highlights of the late pontiff's 27-year papacy, and may well continue beyond May given the widespread interest in Pope John Paul II, the AP quoted Vatican officials as saying. Indeed, the Vatican's first event-themed Facebook page, which was dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI's...

2011-01-04 16:59:00

MIAMI, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Shawn Rae's unique Christmas Album, A World Christmas, Love Knows No Borders, was considered for a Grammy nomination earlier this year. The Album was inspired by the "Dialogue" in 2007 between King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Pope Benedict XVI, one, which was endorsed by more than 460 organizations from around the world, including the Chief Rabbis of Israel, and the United Nations. This "Dialogue" promoted a wide discussion on the urgency for religious...

Word of the Day
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'