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In the 17th century, it became home to a convent of an order of nuns called the Poor Clares. In the underground cemetery of the Poor Clares, you can see the remains of a gruesome tradition. When a nun died, her lifeless body was placed in a sitting position on a stone chair with a hole in it and left to mummify. The bodies slowly decomposed, and the liquids were collected in special vessels located under the seats. The skeletons were later collected in an ossuary.

Every day, the still-living nuns visited the death chairs to pray and meditate on death and the ephemeral earthly life. Spending several hours in a such unhealthy place, the nuns often contracted serious illnesses, which in some cases were deadly.


9 May at 21:00 ·

A California pastor made headlines after he sparked a panic during a showing of the latest “Avengers” movie. 28-year-old Michael Webber waited until the credits began to roll and then promptly stood up — while the lights were still off — and began preaching the Gospel. It was meant to be an uplifting sermon about salvation, but it did not produce the desired effect.

According to witnesses, at one point Webber asked the crowd: “If you were to die tonight, would your passage to heaven be guaranteed?”

Moviegoers, convinced that a gunman had entered the theater, began to run for their lives. Many sustained injuries during the escape. One woman fell 20 feet to the floor after jumping over a railing, and had to be taken to the hospital.

Police arrived and quickly placed Webber into custody. He has since apologized, claiming he didn’t mean any harm. But critics are pushing for criminal charges, arguing his actions were equivalent to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, only with "Jesus".


Alamsjah says he designed the church himself, trying to stay faithful to the dove he’d seen in his vision. Wasno, the head of the nearby village of Gombong and a member of Alamsjah’s 30-person construction crew, says, “Actually, it did look like a dove—in the beginning. But then we added the crown. Daniel wanted it to symbolize holiness, but people thought it was a rooster crest. So they started calling it a chicken instead of a dove.”