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Knights Templar Exonerated The Vatican is now publicly conceding that the Knights Templar were treated quite badly and were not heretics after all. Pope Clement V, it seems, finally absolved the order of all heresies, but the original parchment declaring his deci­sion was somehow misfiled in the 17th century and has been lost ever since. Discovered in the Vatican library in 2001 by professor Barbara Frale, the document is now being published in limited edition at a mere $8300 per copy. Long reviled by mainstream…

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1800-Year-Old Words Discovered on Shroud of Turin The debate over the true age of the Shroud of Turin has taken a new twist. Thierry Castex, a French scientist, has re­ported finding traces of words on the cloth in Aramaic spelled with Hebrew letters. Vatican researcher, Barbara Frale, told Vatican Radio over the summer that her own research suggests that the letters were written more than 1800 years ago. The new discoveries come even as the carbon dating of the Shroud undertaken in the 1980s has…

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Did Churchill Order UFO Coverup? According to files once classified but recently released under Britain’s Freedom of Information law, Winston Church­ill was accused by one of his bodyguards of ordering a 50-year coverup of a World War II RAF-UFO encounter over the English channel. Churchill, it was said, “feared panic” and the loss of faith in religion if the report was released. Information concerning the original incident is unavailable; since, before 1967, the Ministry of Defense, citing a lack of public interest, routinely destroyed all…

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Antique Map Challenges Schoolbook History A 500-year-old map has historians in a quandary. It seems that in 1507, there were at least some who knew the true shape and dimensions of South America with a precision previously thought to be unknown at the time. Moreover it appears that the existence of the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the Americas was known years before Balboa reached it by land and Magellan sailed into it. These details and others are clearly revealed in the remarkably…

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From Saint to Sun God

BY STEVEN SORA

The party was well underway when the host introduced his daughter to the guests. He asked her to show off her greatest ability, to dance for his guests, but she demurred. He asked again and again, yet his daughter denied him. Fi­nally he promised her anything up to half of his kingdom, and at that she consulted with her mother. Yes, she would dance, but her request was surprising, She asked for the head of a man that her father held in his prison. Her…

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Templars in Mexico

By Steven Sora

The order of the Knights Templar would survive for less than two centuries. In the period between 1108 and 1307 it would have a spectacular rise and a devastating fall. The order’s history is based equally on legend and fact, in part be­cause the order wanted it that way. Many of the order’s secrets remain as secrets even today. Written records remain concealed; others have been destroyed; but still others remain in plain sight for those who understand enough to rec­ognize what they actually mean….

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The Lost Legacy of Freemasonry

JOHN WHITE

Dan Brown’s recent bestselling novel, The Lost Symbol, depicts Freemasonry as having a fundamental role in the founding of America. The “lost” symbol or final secret of Freemasonry as used by Brown in his fast-paced thriller, gives, along the way, very good information about Masonic lore and its role in the formation of our nation. (I speak as a Mason, myself.) Central to it all are images of light, and the answer—during Masonic initiations—which a candi­date gives to the question, “What do you desire most…

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The Templars & the Shroud

BY JOHN WHITE

According to tradition, the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus. It resides in the Cathedral at Turin, Italy (and can be viewed online at its official web site: http://sindone.torino.chiesacattolica.it /en/welcome.htm). The prove­nance of the Shroud has now been established well enough to say with some certainty that it did indeed cover Jesus in the tomb. Prior to its placement in the cathedral, the Knights Templars had possession of the shroud and kept it folded in a wooden container with a viewing window,…

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The Other Sun of God

By Steven Sora

When I asked the concierge of my hotel in Rome for directions to the Church of San Clemente, he said no one had ever asked him for these directions before. It was on few tourists’ top-ten lists of places of interest. After answering my question, he posed one in return, “Do you know what lies under that church?” I nodded that I did. The church was built over an ancient temple to the god Mithra. This god was significant in Rome before the birth of…

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Christianity and Enlightenment

By John White

Sacred traditions in both the East and the West and some hermetic schools aim at what they term, “enlightenment” and “stepping off the wheel of death and rebirth” into a condition of existence described in one holy scripture as “that which never dies and that which was never born.” In the course of seeking enlightenment or “God-realization,” practitioners in those traditions and schools have, it turns out, over millennia gained astounding knowledge about the psychophysical operation of the human body-mind and how to cultivate our…

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