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Powerful Photos

A Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc, who burned himself to death to protest Diem during the Vietnam War.

Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela.

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11, “The Falling Man.”

Tanisha Blevin, 5, holds the hand of fellow Hurricane Katrina victim Nita LaGarde, 105, as they are evacuated from the convention center in New Orleans.

Two childhood friends unexpectedly reunite on opposite sides of a demonstration in 1972.

A North Korean man waves his hand as a South Korean relative weeps, following a luncheon meeting during inter-Korean temporary family reunions at Mount Kumgang resort October 31, 2010. Four hundred and thirty-six South Koreans were allowed to spend three days in North Korea to meet their 97 North Korean relatives, whom they had been separated from since the 1950-53 war.

A monk prays for an elderly man who had died suddenly while waiting for a train in Shanxi Taiyuan, China.

Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero on January 15, 2011.

Heart surgeon after 23-hour (successful) long heart transplantation. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

“La Jeune Fille a la Fleur,” a photograph by Marc Riboud, shows the young pacifist Jane Rose Kasmir planting a flower on the bayonets of guards at the Pentagon during a protest against the Vietnam War on October 21, 1967. The photograph would eventually become the symbol of the flower power movement.

The world’s first computer.

John Filo’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling in anguish over the body of Jeffrey Miller minutes after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard.

Pele and British captain Bobby Moore trade jerseys in 1970 as a sign of mutual respect during a World Cup that had been marred by racism.

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old.

Child playing violin at his teacher’s funeral.

Tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

Navy chaplain Luis Padillo gives last rites to a soldier wounded by sniper fire during a revolt in Venezuela. Braving the streets amid sniper fire, to offer last rites to the dying, the priest encountered a wounded soldier, who pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. The photographer Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. The Catholic priest, Luis Padillo, would walk the streets, even through sniper fire, offering last rites to the fighters. Besides priest’s bravery, he also knows the enemy will think a lot before shooting him (just imagine the propaganda) and the enemy soldiers are catholic and would refuse that order.

Even more intense about this picture is the setting, in the background is a carnicería (a butcher’s shop). In Spanish a carnicería means both a “butcher’s shop” and “slaughter, carnage”. The phrase “fue una carnicería” (English equivalent: “it was carnage”) is so common in the Spanish language. The parallel really catches one’s eye and draws the horror of the scene even further.

The photo was taken on June 4 (1962) by Hector Rondón Lovera, photographer of Caracas, for the Venezuelan newspaper, La Republica. It won the World Press Photo of the Year and the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Photography. The original title of work is “Aid From The Padre.”

anonymous asked:

Why did they let a Christian in the Marines? Just wondering.

Because the military and religion are not incompatible? Because there are tens of thousands of Christians in the Marines and one more isn’t a big surprise? Because the U.S. was founded on Christian values and faith so it makes perfect sense for it to bleed into most of what our military does? Because we’re not sub-citizens who have to be “let” into something because of our faith?

Allow me to direct your attention to a picture.

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This man is a Navy Chaplain. Very easy to tell this man is a Christian. His job is to provide spiritual and emotional support for Marines. He typically is situated in the headquarters or the base chapel.

Also, let me direct your attention to THIS picture:

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This is ANOTHER Navy Chaplain, but on closer inspection, you will find this man is, in fact, a Muslim. He is also there to provide spiritual and emotional support to all Marines and Sailors.

This sort of question makes me wonder how much people really know of the world around them.