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[PHOTO] Eleven photos of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Toronto

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I have been saving these photos of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church on 520 Sherbourne Street, ten of the interior and one of the exterior, for a Sunday such a this. This ornate 19th century church has wonderful bones, sheltering the tangibly holy spaces inside.

Up the aisle #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

Fans in motion #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #ceiling #fans #latergram

Saint Anthony and child #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #saintanthony #statue #latergram

Saints Ignatius and Joseph Saint Anthony and child #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #saintignatius #saintjoseph #statue #latergram

White candles #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #candles #latergram

Jesus #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #jesus #statue #latergram

On the Holy Cross for our sins #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #jesus #cross #statue #latergram

Dome #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #dome #latergram

Hidden #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

Praying with Mother Mary #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #virginmary #statue #latergram

Outside #toronto #sherbournestreet #ourladyoflourdes #churches #romancatholicism #latergram

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: Metropolitan Community Church, Jeff Rock, PFLAG China, Indian lit, Satanism

  • Hornet Stories looks at the long history of the explicitly LGBTQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church.
  • Jeff Rock will be the new pastor of Toronto’s Metropolitan Community Church congregation, after Brent Hawkes. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Quartz reports on a PFLAG China cruise, featuring queer people and their parents.
  • Little India reports on the emerging field of gay literature in India, prose and poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
  • The Satanic Temple of Seattle is commissioning anti-gay bakers to bake them pro-Satanism cakes. Religious freedom, right? Bustle tells the story.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: street art, journalism, police, Cheri DiNovo, transit at Dundas West

  • CBC notes that the Yonge and Dundas street artist scene is closing down under city regulations, including permits.
  • Emily Mathieu talks about how she conducts her journalism with some of Toronto’s most marginalized as subjects.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the local controversy over having police officers permanently stationed in schools.
  • The idea that police who actively undermine the Special Investigations Unit should be seriously punished seems obvious.
  • Veteran NDP politican and LGBTQ rights advocate Cheri DiNovo is leaving politics to become a minister in church.
  • Finally, the Dundas West TTC station will be connected to the GO Transit hub less than 300 metres away!

[PHOTO] Prince Voldymyr the Great, St. Vladimir Institute

Prince Volodymyr the Great, St. Vladimir Institute

This painting of the prince of Kievan Rus whose conversion to Orthodox Christianity in 988 changed eastern Europe adorns this wall in the St. Vladimir Institute, a Ukrainian cultural centre on Spadina.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] Mother Mary in the front garden, Lansdowne Avenue

Mother Mary in the front garden #toronto #wallaceemerson #lansdowneave #virginmary #statue #garden

This blue-and-white statue of the Virgin Mary standing in the front garden of a home on Lansdowne Avenue, in the heavily Portuguese-Canadian (and even more heavily Roman Catholic) west-end neighbourhood of Wallace Emerson, caught my eye when I was walking down the street on the Saturday before my flight.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • James Bow considers the idea of Christian privilege.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the oddities of Ross 128.
  • D-Brief shares Matthew Buckley’s proposal that it is possible to make planets out of dark matter.
  • Dead Things reports on the discoveries at Madjedbebe, in northern Australia, suggesting humans arrived 65 thousand years ago.
  • Bruce Dorminey reports on the idea that advanced civilizations may use sunshades to protect their worlds from overheating. (For terraforming purposes, too.)
  • Language Hat notes the struggles of some Scots in coming up with a rationalized spelling for Scots. What of “hert”?
  • The LRB Blog considers the way in which the unlimited power of Henry VIII will be recapitulated post-Brexit by the UK government.
  • Drew Rowsome quite likes the High Park production of King Lear.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel considers the idea that Pluto’s moons, including Charon, might be legacies of a giant impact.
  • Unicorn Booty notes the terrible anti-trans “Civil Rights Uniformity Act.” Americans, please act.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers/u> the perhaps-unique way a sitting American president might be charged with obstruction of justice.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly photoblogs about her trip to Berlin.
  • Dead Things reports on a recent study that unraveled the evolutionary history of the domestic cat.
  • James Nicoll notes that his niece and nephew will each be performing theatre in Toronto.
  • Language Hat has an interesting link to interviews of coders as if they were translators.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at Chinese video game competitions and Chinese tours to Soviet revolutionary sites.
  • Steve Munro shares photos of the old Kitchener trolleybus.
  • Roads and Kingdoms shares the story of the Ramadan drummer of Coney Island.
  • Savage Minds shares an essay arguing that photographed subjects should provide they consent and receive renumeration.
  • Torontoist shares photos of the Trans March.
  • Towleroad notes the cancellation of anti-gay convictions of Nazis.
  • Van Waffle shows the stories of the caterpillars in his backyard.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy hosts an essay talking about the difficulties of translating the Book of Genesis.