Turkey Guitar player facing Riot police

Sounds of Protest: Les Miserables, Gezi Park, and the Power of Music

Ultimately that’s what so amazing about music at Gezi park. It’s not about the notes. It’s not about the words, or the melodies. It’s ultimately about us, all of us. It’s about the power of music to unite all of us. It’s about this new global generation of humanity who care about the well-being of one another beyond the narrow confines of nationality, race, creed, or class, that give us hope. They give us hope that they will be able to sing together, make music together, make love together, and make of this old world, a new world.

Pope meets with Fidel Castro, urges more freedom

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called for more religious freedom for the Catholic Church on his last day in communist Cuba. Around 300,000 people turned up for a papal Mass in Revolution Square in Havana, just before an unscheduled but much-anticipated meeting with Fidel Castro. By Alessandro Speciale.

Panel says bishops have the last word on Catholic theology

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A group of theologians who advise the Vatican on faith matters says bishops must have the last word when it comes to affirming the “authentic interpretation” of Christian beliefs. By Alessandro Speciale.

RNS photo courtesy The Green Collection.

Vatican exhibits spotlight the Bible, Vatican archive

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two new exhibits in Rome offer delights for Christian history buffs. One displays documents from the storied Vatican Secret Archive, and the other is dedicated to the Bible, and displays more than 150 rare biblical texts and artifacts. By Alessandro Speciale.