Monday, June 13, 2005


An interesting story in the Telegraph about Fundamentalist Mormans and polygamy:
The leader of a polygamous sect has been charged with child sex abuse in connection with an arranged marriage between a teenage girl and a 28-year-old man who was already married.
Warren Jeffs, a self-proclaimed prophet and despotic president of the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, faces up to two years in jail if convicted.
Although Jeffs, 49, was charged with sexual conduct with a minor, he did not have sex with the 16-year-old girl but arranged her marriage to the man, said prosecutors.

In the Times
Archaeologists were due to dig up the chancel of a Suffolk church today in search of the remains of a relative of one of America’s earliest founding fathers.
Scientists want to take DNA from the bones or teeth of Elizabeth Gosnold Tilney, who died 400 years ago.
Mrs Tilney was the sister of the British sea captain Bartholomew Gosnold, who was born in Grundisburgh, Suffolk, and is said to have founded the first English-speaking American colony in Virginia in 1607.
Archaeologists in Virginia, USA, recently found what they believe to be the remains of Captain Gosnold, and to confirm their suspicions they plan to make cross-checks with the DNA of his sister.

St Anthony of Padua
I think St Anthony has found enough stuff for me to own me twice over... I popped by the Basilica of S.Antonio today and was pleased to see the place packed with Mass-goers. Outside was a large statue of the saint, tables where one could acquired blessed bread and lilies and a Francisan friar wearing a white soul drenching everyone with holy water and blessing us throught the intercession of the saint. I understand there was a parade this evening - Italian Catholicism at its best.

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