After Months of Repairs, Burial Place of Jesus Reopens - Text + Audio + Pictures - 25 March 2017
"A team of scientists and workers has completed repairs on what is said to be the burial place of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem’s Old City.
It was the first time that workers have repaired the religious shrine since 1810."
Roman Catholic Church to Recognize Mother Teresa as a Saint - 2 September 2016
"Mother Teresa will officially become a saint on Sunday. Pope Francis will recognize her for many years of work to help the poor and sick in India.
Mother Teresa already is one of the best liked Catholic nuns. Before her death in 1997, she helped found a worldwide group to aid the poor."
- What it means to be a Muslim
PowerPoint Presentation R.E. RESOURCES / Islam (Primary Resources)
Ramadan(academickids.com) It "is the ninth month of the Islamic year. Siyam or Saum ("fasting" in English) is the third of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves fasting during Ramadan."
Rows surround 'Catholic Woodstock' - World Youth Day "It is sometimes described as the "Olympics of religion".
Some prefer to call it a Catholic Woodstock - a festival of peace, love and Christianity....
Tens of thousands of young Catholics are meeting in Sydney, Australia." (BBC)
World Youth Day
= "a youth-oriented Roman Catholic Church promotional event.
While the event itself celebrates the Catholic faith, young people are invited without discrimination...
It is celebrated on a diocesan level annually, and at a week-long international level every two to three years at different locations. " (Wikipedia)
Senator Sues God to Stop Terror Threats
"God... has made and continues to make terroristic threats of
grave harm to innumerable persons...
Chambers, in a fit of alliteration, also accuses God of causing "fearsome
floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes,
pestilential plagues, ferocious famines, devastating droughts, genocidal
wars, birth defects, and the like..." (blog.wired.com)
brings "high-quality multimedia content provided by top educators" Subjects : American Government - Biology - Environmental Science -
Religion - US History... (hippocampus.org)
Club Med : Heaven "This funny print ad is made by the agency Geller-Nessis (Tel Aviv, Israel) and shows how six saints were murdered before ‘going to heaven’. “There is an easier way to heaven”." (creativecriminals.com)
Saints and Sanctity
"The Latin adjective sanctus, meaning “consecrated” or “holy,” is the root of a family of words that sometimes but not always have a religious context. Definitions of those words follow... Sanctuary originally referred to a building designated for worship (it also applied to a sacred relic or any other holy object), and because some churches served as refuges where fugitives were generally immune from arrest, the word was applied outside of religious contexts to a place of protection or safety, including one set aside as wildlife refuge." (dailywritingtips.com)
It "is an informal name for the specially designed automobile used by the Pope during outdoor public appearances...
Some Popemobiles are open air, while others have bulletproof glass to enclose the Pope." (Wikipedia)
church , Portrush in Northern Ireland
"Every Sunday evening, in the height of the tourist season, many
people make their way to the East Strand car park in the town for the
Drive-In Church..." (p-l-s.supanet.com)
Fewer Americans Believe in God - Text + Audio - 7 November 2015
"Fewer Americans believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church than in 2007, a poll says.
More than 35,000 Americans were polled about their religious beliefs over four months in 2014 by the Pew Research Center.
The study, called the 2014 Religious Landscape, was released Tuesday." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
A Halloween Special: The Devil is Everywhere- AUDIO + SCRIPT - 31 October 2014
"Today we take you to the Dark Side. (insert evil laugh here) We teach expressions that involve the king of evil – the devil.
Read on to learn how to “speak of the devil”, “to play devil’s advocate” and to ”make a deal with the devil.” (learningenglish.voanews.com)
The five major world religions - John Bellaimey - a lesson
"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like ‘Where do we come from?’ and ‘How do I live a life of meaning?’
These existential questions are central to the five major world religions - and that’s not all that connects these faiths.
John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam." (ed.ted.com)
Life of Pi & Rango: Faith x Belief- a lesson
"Talking about religion in the classroom is not so healthy. It is a touchy subject and discussions might get out of control.
However, talking about faith is positive. This scene does not show any controversy, but discusses faith/religion in an unbiased manner..." (warmupsfollowups.blogspot.fr)
Religious intolerance on the rise (May 22, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"A report from the U.S. State Department has highlighted the rise of religious intolerance worldwide.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave reporters a summary of the ''International Religious Freedom'' report." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Catholic Church chooses Argentinian Pope (March 15, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
"The Catholic Church announced its new Pope on Wednesday. It took those responsible for electing a new pontiff just two days to choose a successor to Pope Benedict." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Pope Benedict XVI resigns (February 13, 2013) - a lesson plan with audio
"There was a huge shock for the Catholic Church on Monday. Its leader Pope Benedict XVI resigned. No one knew he would resign. He even surprised..." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Pilgrims. "Have a look at the article, story, word game, cartoon, history, trivia and links."
"A pilgrim is one who undertakes a religious pilgrimage, literally 'far afield'.
This is traditionally a visit to a place of some religious significance; often a considerable distance is traveled.
Examples include a Muslim visiting Mecca, or a Christian or Jew visiting Jerusalem." (British Council)
If God Was One Of Usby Joan Osborne :
"If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see
If seeing meant that
you would have to believe
in things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints
and all the prophets..." Watch
the VIDEO (YouTube)
And Rainby James Blunt :
"How I wish I could choose between Heaven and Hell."
My Godby Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from
the Crystal Cave) (lyricstime.com)
night in Bangkokby Murray Head :
"You'll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the god's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me...
I can feel the devil walking next to me...
This grips me more than would a
Muddy old river or reclining Buddha...
So you better go back to your bars, your temples...
To Heavenby Lionel Richie :
"Been a long time
Since I've seen your face
You've been on my mind
Like a dream I can't erase
It's time for me to come home to you
I'm on the road to heaven ...
Comin' home to you"
You Were Here by Pink Floyd : "So, so you think you can tell Heaven
blue skies from pain." (lyrics007.com)
Proverbs, Phrases and Idioms :
Evil Expressions- Text + Audio - 31 October 2015
"Today we look at the usage and meaning of expressions using the word "hell." They are very common!
Find out what happens to a snowball in hell. And learn which road to take to get to hell." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Insideby Orphanage :
"My faith will move mountains." (lyricsdepot.com)
Five Minarets in New York
"is a Turkish action film (2010) written and directed by Mahsun Kırmızıgül, which follows two Turkish police officers sent to New York to bring back a smuggler...
The film follows two anti-terror officers from Istanbul, sent to New York to find and bring back a Turkish religious leader, codenamed Dajjal, who was arrested in the United States and who will be delivered to Turkish authorities by the FBI. The film emphasizes Islamic paranoia of the world and the United States after September 11 attacks, seeking to answer the question of whether innocence or guilt even matters to one who lusts for vengeance." (Wikipedia)