Showing posts from June 29, 2008

Christ the Light

The Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland will be consecrated and dedicated on September 25, 2008. This is the second most expensive cathedral ever built in the America. At $191 million, it costs $40 million less than the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which opened in 2002. The cathedral locates across from Lake Merritt will serve as the seat of the Diocese of Oakland and the home of the Oakland Bishop - The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron. This is one of the most diversed dioceses in the country with Masses celebrated in 17 languages.

The 135-foot-tall concrete, glass and Douglas fir structure with 1,425 seats for worshipers, designed by San Francisco architect Craig Hartman, will replace the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, which was irreparably damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The new cathedral center will include a public plaza, a cafe, a bookstore, chancery offices, a 500-seat conference center, a 200-car garage, and residence for the…

Miss Universe in July

For the next two weeks, a magnificent stretch of white sand beaches and emerald sea in central Vietnam will be the host for some of the world's most beautiful women as they show off their looks and talents to compete for Donald Trump's coveted Miss Universe title.

The quaint small town of Nha Trang is well known in Vietnam for its pure white sands. In the late 1990s, with the economic transformation in full throttle, a few overseas Vietnamese with entrepeneurial spirit returned with money and a real estate development dream. Pham Nhat Vuong, who made his fortune as a retailer of consumer goods in Ukraine, built a resort named Vina Pearl on a small island off the coast of Nha Trang. Now it has become the most well known resort in Vietnam with suites renting out at $1,200 a night for the Miss Universe event. The event is expected to draw 10,000 or more people and there is simply not enough accomdation for that many tourists and the press entourage. The solution, a luxury cruise …