Tuesday, May 27, 2014

fire at Bethlehem's Nativity church

Less than 48 hours after Francis visited Bethlehem's Nativity church, a fire broke out in the Grotto of the Nativity.  The Daily Star of Lebanon has the story, Fire damages Bethlehem's Nativity church

Bethlehem Governor Abdel-Fatah Hamayel told AFP it was a small fire that had broken out accidentally when an oil lamp fell over just before dawn, causing some damage to fabric wall hangings inside the Grotto of the Nativity itself.

"It was an accident that started when an oil lamp fell over. The fire started on its own, then burned itself out," he said.

The fire, which was discovered at around 4:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) when the security guard smelled smoke, broke out in the cave underneath the 4th-century basilica where Christians believe Mary gave birth to Jesus.

Inside, the charred remains of several brightly-coloured wall hangings hung limply against the cave walls which were blackened with soot. Two ornate icons of Mary holding Jesus sustained smoke damage.

Is this a mere coincidence or another sign from God?  Wherever Francis goes disaster always seems to follow.  Think about it for a minute.  We will help start you off with his flooded out adventure in Rio for World Youth Day 2013.  Can you come up with more?  Reflect on what happens to those he prays for.  Ditto, more disaster and who can forget the tragic death of 21 year old Marco Gusmini?  People often lament God doesn't send them signs.  We at Call Me Jorge... believe that God does but most people are too busy with their lives and not paying attention.

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