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SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá »

15 Sep, 2021
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The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.

UPDATE: OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH, MADRID

UPDATE: OUR LADY OF MERCY CATHOLIC CHURCH, MADRID »

6 Jan, 2020
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The only English-speaking Catholic Church and Parish in Madrid!

JEAN ALLEN (1929-2014): A SERIVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR HER LIFE

JEAN ALLEN (1929-2014): A SERIVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR HER LIFE »

30 Sep, 2016
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She was invited, welcomed and respected everywhere as she covered the entire gamut of the English community. They were always happy to make her part of their celebrations. Everyone liked Jean.

PLACES OF WORSHIP: A Church of All Nations Anyone?

PLACES OF WORSHIP: A Church of All Nations Anyone? »

14 Aug, 2015
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“The church has moved to several different locations but through it all it has retained its passion for being a ‘Church of all Nations'”

PLACES OF WORSHIP: St. George’s Anglican Church,Where Everyone is Welcome

PLACES OF WORSHIP: St. George’s Anglican Church,Where Everyone is Welcome »

21 Jul, 2015
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“St. George’s is very inclusive. It emphasizes the fact that we’re part of a worldwide church”

THE MOSQUE OF CORDOBA & THE WAR OF WORDS

THE MOSQUE OF CORDOBA & THE WAR OF WORDS »

15 Jan, 2015
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Cordoba was once an icon of religious tolerance. Hopefully the conflict over the name of its mosque-cathedral will be settled and peace re-established

IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, Like a Spanish Bar but Without the Alcohol

IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, Like a Spanish Bar but Without the Alcohol »

2 Aug, 2014
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The church that can and does act like a surrogate family to its diverse parishioners

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH STRUGGLES WITH ITS PAST AND ITS FUTURE

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH STRUGGLES WITH ITS PAST AND ITS FUTURE »

27 Mar, 2014
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The Catholic Church, particularly the Church in Spain, grapples with the alienation of the faithful. Will its future be an improvement on its obsolescent present?

GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT VIA THE ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH

GETTING INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT VIA THE ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH »

15 Dec, 2013
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There’s nothing like caroling to get parishioners into the spirit of Christmas, and doubly so when topped by mulled wine and mince pies!