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  • Haunted by its history, Berlin debates restoring kaiser’s gilded cross

    Haunted by its history, Berlin debates restoring kaiser’s gilded cross

    Catholic Archbishop Heiner Koch said the cross was “the sign of the good news of the Christian faith for all people” and should not become a political football. “By putting the cross on the cupola, its builders showed they had a special responsibility to be rulers accountable to God,” he said. “Even today, recalling this attitude would mean a lot for Berlin.”

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  • Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek for “the fiftieth day.” Therefore, in the church calendar it comes fifty days after Easter (including Easter Sunday itself). This celebration links back to the Jewish festival of Shavuot or the Festival of Weeks, which falls fifty days after Passover. This was kept as a commemoration of Moses receiving the Divine Law on Sinai. The Christians understood that as the law came down from heaven to Moses for the people of God, so the Holy Spirit came down on the church. The age of the Mosaic Law was therefore fulfilled and completed by the new age of Spirit and Grace.

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  • The historical mystery of the Last Supper

    The historical mystery of the Last Supper

    One of the biggest puzzles of the Bible is the Last Supper: The Gospels disagree on what night Jesus had his final meal with his closest friends. Whether or not Jesus’ Last Supper occurred on the evening of the Day of Preparation – that is, in the evening after the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the temple – as attested to in the three synoptic Gospels, or the day before (as attested to in the Gospel of John), it seems clear that Jesus emphasized the symbolism of this ancient rite as he gathered his followers around him.

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