19 March 2013

Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis, 19 March 2013






See also: Order of Service (PDF)


Latin America’s Catholics in the Spotlight as Pope Francis is Installed (Pew)

Latin America’s Catholics in the Spotlight as Pope Francis is Installed (Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 18 March 2013)

Abstract:
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina formally will be installed as Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, becoming the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America. Pope Francis’ new home, Europe, once held the bulk of all Catholics in the world (65% in 1910, according to data from the World Christian Database). Today, however, Europe is home to only 24% of all Catholics according to Pew Research Center estimates. During the same period, Latin America’s share of the global Catholic population rose from 24% to 39%. There are now more Catholics in Latin America (425 million), including the Caribbean, than in any other region. However, the portion of Latin America’s population that is Catholic declined over the past century, dropping from 90% in 1910 to 72% in 2010.

14 March 2013

Conclave Elects Pope Francis (Pew)

Conclave elects Pope Francis (Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 13 March 2013)

Abstract:
Pope Francis was elected on Wednesday as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina and becomes the first Latin American pontiff. According to Pew Research Center data on the distribution of the world's Catholic population, the largest share of the Catholic population (39%) lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
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13 March 2013

Daoist Spirit Writing

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PART II:


Lord Ganesh's Milk Miracle



Hinduism: Yajna & Puja

YAJNA: FIRE SACRIFICE


PUJA TO LORD GANESH



Zen Buddhism

THE ZEN MIND


ZEN IN JAPAN


ZAZEN (SITTING MEDITATION)


KYUDO (ZEN ARCHERY)


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A ZEN MONK


Chanting the Name of Buddha Amitabha



The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje speaks on TED

THE 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA, OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE SPEAKS ON TED:
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart.




Chinese Buddhism Clips (Youtube)

MORNING SERVICE


EVENING SERVICE


JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE (SHANGHAI)


FO GUANG SHAN MONASTERY (TAIWAN)



02 March 2013

David Loy - Buddhism and the West




U.S. Catholics: Key Data from Pew Research


Abstract:
How do U.S. Catholics view the church, and what do they want from the next pope? Here are some of the Pew Research Center’s key findings about the U.S. Catholic population on these and other questions.

Related Link: U.S. Catholics Divided on Church's Direction under New Pope (Pew Forum, 21 February 2013)