- Created on 08 March 2013
Black Entertainment Television is bringing its auditions for the hit gospel singing competition show "Sunday Best" to town this weekend. Chicago is one of four cities the show is traveling to for auditions looking for vocal standouts in gospel music.
Tryouts will be held Saturday, March 9 at New Faith Baptist Church, 25 S. Central Avenue, in south suburban Matteson. Doors open to singers age 18 and over at 7 a.m. and close at noon.
Chicago is home to the founders and legends of gospel, including Thomas Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson. It is also home to Shari Addison, a finalist in the first season of the cable network competition show. A number of other Chicagoans have competed on "Sunday Best," now in its sixth season.
The show airs on the cable network and is hosted by Kirk Franklin. Gospel celebrity judges - for the auditions and the show - include Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans. Singers will have to perform any one of 23 contemporary and traditional gospel songs and hymns as part of the audition. The playlist includes: 2013 Stellar Award-winning "Awesome" by Chicago’s Rev. Charles Jenkins and his Fellowship church choir; the traditional sound of "Thank You Lord (For All You’ve Done For Me)" by the legendary Walter Hawkins; and "I Surrender All" - Traditional Version. Winans recorded an an arrangement of the hymn on her "Alone In His Presence" album.
- Created on 07 March 2013
COMMENTARY– The shift in the center of gravity in world Christianity from the West to the global South, and the changing demographics in world Christianity, demands that the Eurocentric types and models of church and Christianity need to be abandoned.
African Catholicism, like all local Catholic Churches throughout the world, can only flourish when it has the freedom to mine local and cultural resources and to develop its own narrative of faith and life, while embracing the positive heritage of Catholic and Christian history.
- Created on 01 March 2013
In this photo, a view of a grotto inside the pope's summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the town of Castelgandolfo, south of Rome. Immediately after his resignation on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI will spend some time at the papal summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano in the hills south of Rome where he has spent his summer vacations reading and writing. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Benedict XVI has spent his first few hours as a retiree praying, watching TV and taking walks.
The Vatican on Friday released details of Benedict's life inside Castel Gandolfo, the vacation retreat where at 8 p.m. Thursday he became the first pope in 600 years to retire.
Benedict's secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, reported to the Vatican that after Benedict said his final public farewell, he ate dinner, took his typical constitutional walk in the palace and watched TV news of his last day as pope. Gaenswein reported he slept well, celebrated Mass as usual and had breakfast, according to the Vatican spokesman.
Gaenswein reported Benedict was relaxed — as evidenced by the fact that he had in recent days resumed playing piano.
- Created on 28 February 2013
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, center, delivers his message on the occasion of his farewell meeting to cardinals, at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. At left is his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is making history today, becoming the first pontiff to retire in nearly 600 years.
Only a handful of popes have ever done so.
The last was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism, a dispute among competing papal claimants. The most famous resignation was Pope Celestine V in 1294; Dante placed him in hell for it.
Benedict is saying farewell this morning to his closest advisers in Clementine Hall at the Apostolic Palace. Then shortly before 5 p.m., he will leave the palace for the last time as pope and fly by helicopter to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.
Exactly at 8 p.m. — when his resignation takes effect — the doors at Castel Gandolfo will close and the papacy that began on April 19, 2005, will come to an end.