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Visitationist Church

Church of St. Joseph of the Visitationists known as the Visitationist Church is a Roman Catholic church in Warsaw, situated at Krakowskie Przedmieście 34. One of the most notable rococo churches in Poland's capital, its construction was begun in 1664 and completed in 1761; the first wooden church was established in 1651 by Queen Marie Louise Gonzaga de Nevers for the French Order of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This church was burned down by the Swedes during the Deluge in 1656. In 1664 the Visitationists started to build a new oblong church; the first stone was laid by primate Wacław Leszczyński. This unfinished church burned in 1695. After the fire, the church was restored again; the new foundation was made in 1728 by a stateswoman Elżbieta Sieniawska following the plan of her private architect Karol Antoni Bay. The structural work was finished in 1761; the finishing touch was given in 1765. The church's main claim to fame, in Polish eyes, is that Fryderyk Chopin used to play the church organ here during services for schoolchildren.

In front of this late-baroque church stands a statue of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, primate of Poland from 1948 to 1981. The nave with main altar and 6 side chapels in Baroque style are embellished with rich Rococo decorations. There is an impressive and unique pulpit in a shape of boat and a lot of old sculptures, paintings by old Polish and French masters, portraits of famous and noble Poles and tabernacle made of ebony and silver; this exceptional tabernacle, placed in the chapel of Villa Regia Palace in Warsaw, was donated to the church by Queen Marie Louise Gonzaga de Nevers in 1654. St Martin's Church Church of the Holy Cross Field Cathedral of the Polish Army St. Florian's Cathedral Church of St. Joseph in sztuka.net

Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak

Abdul-Rahman bin Nasir al-Barrak is a Saudi Salafi cleric. In 1994, al-Barrak and other Saudi clerics were mentioned by name and praised by Osama bin Laden for opposing then-Grand Mufti Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz in his Open Letter to Shaykh Bin Baz on the Invalidity of his Fatwa on Peace with the Jews, his website was banned in Saudi Arabia because it was “promoting bold ideas and theses”. Al-Barrak has drawn attention for issuing religious edicts. One such fatwa called for strict gender segregation; the fatwa states, "Whoever allows this mixing... allows forbidden things, whoever allows them is a kafir and this means defection from Islam... Either he retracts or he must be killed... because he disavows and does not observe the Sharia." In March 2008, al-Barrak issued a fatwa that two writers for the newspaper Al Riyadh, Abdullah bin Bejad al-Otaibi and Yousef Aba al-Khail, should be tried for apostasy for their "heretical articles" regarding the categorization of "unbelievers" and put to death if they did not repent