Will Pope John Paul II be Declared Venerable Tomorrow?

Friday, December 18, 2009 12:38 PM Comments (1)

As reported yesterday, there’s the distinct possibility that Pope Benedict XVI may declare Pope John Paul II venerable tomorrow.

At least, that’s what is being reported by various Italian news organizations.

According to the Italian magazine Panorama, at a consistory on December 19, Pope Benedict will approve a series of decrees prepared by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, including one that attests to the “heroic virtue” of Pope John Paul II, giving him the title “venerable,” and requiring only one more approved miracle for his beatification.

Several miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II are already under investigation. Panorama suggested that the Vatican is discussing the...READ MORE

Filed under beatification, canonization, cause for canonization, congregation for the causes of saints, john paul ii

Archbishop Dolan and Rabbi Wechsler Host Radio Special

Friday, December 18, 2009 9:02 AM Comments (0)

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Harlan Wechsler plan to host a special interfaith call-in show on Sirius XM Radio, Sunday, Dec. 20 from 3-4 p.m. Eastern.

Neither are strangers to radio. Archbishop Dolan hosts the weekly program “A Conversation With the Archbishop” on Sirius XM’s “The Catholic Channel.” Rabbi Wechsler hosts “Rabbi Wechsler Teaches.” Together, the two will be talking about Catholic and Jewish holy days and the importance of nurturing tradition in an increasingly secularized world. The two faith leaders will also be taking questions from a live studio audience and callers.

The program will be simulcast on both The Catholic Channel (SIRIUS channel...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop timothy dolan, interfaith dialogue, rabbi wechsler, sirius xm radio, the catholic channel


Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:51 PM Comments (0)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid must think of Sen. Ben Nelson as a party pooper.

Pro-life advocates might start looking at Nelson sort of like the student who stood in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Nelson may be the last vote Reid needs to get a vote through on health-care reform.

He’s holding out. The Nebraska senator told a Nebraska radio station this afternoon that new language proposed to reach a compromise on abortion funding is not good enough.

Nelson and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah had proposed an amendment recently that was similar to the Stupak Amendment in the House, prohibiting federal funding of abortion under the health-care reform unless the...READ MORE

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Another Adult Stem-Cell Advance

Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:56 PM Comments (0)

Heart Disease Can Be Treated With Patients’ Own Cells

A recent study from Northwestern University in Chicago has shown that transplanting adult stem cells into the heart muscle of subjects with severe angina — chest pain due to blocked arteries — lessens pain and improves the ability to walk.

Subjects’ own purified stem cells (CD34+ cells) were injected into their hearts to foster growth of small blood vessels that make up the microcirculation of the heart; the loss of this circulation, researchers believe, contributes to the pain of chronic, severe angina.

This study is the first to show that a person’s own stem cells can be used to treat their heart disease, said Dr. Douglas...READ MORE

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Australia Set to Get Its First Saint

Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:19 PM Comments (0)

Media reports have said that Australia could get its first saint this week, with the The Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the announcement regarding Blessed Mary MacKillop’s canonization could be made as early as Saturday.

“At the moment we’re sensing that we should have some news before Christmas. That news will be in relation to confirmation of a second miracle. The second miracle paves the way for canonization,” a spokesperson for the Sisters of St. Joseph founded by Mother Mary told Australian correspondent Bridget Spinks.

While the order is not releasing any details regarding the second miracle, the media has reported an alleged second miracle involving the curing of a woman...READ MORE

Filed under australia, blessed mary mackillop, cause for canonization, pope benedict xvi

Jimmy Stewart and Psalm 91

Thursday, December 17, 2009 12:54 PM Comments (2)

When it comes to a Christmastime movie, a perennial favorite of most everyone is It’s a Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart made no secret it was his favorite film and favorite role as George Bailey.

The poignant slice of Americana is on the Vatican’s film list and No. 5 on the Register’s 100 best films list.

No matter how many times we watch it, the story remains fresh and remarkably uplifting. And with strong spiritual implications whose foundations were laid before filming began.

Before Stewart became George Bailey, his guardian angel surely watched over him during harrowing combat missions in World War II. When Stewart, a Presbyterian, was leaving for Air Force duty as a B-24 bomber...READ MORE

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Cardinal: Senate Already Embraced Nelson Amendment

Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:39 AM Comments (0)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has an interesting take on the controversy over language restricting federal funding of abortion in health-care reform legislation.
The Senate rejected the Nelson amendment, which would have banned federal funding of abortions except in cases of rape and incest and where the mother’s life was in danger. Many in the Senate said the language goes too far.
But, in this Dec. 14 letter to members of the Senate, Cardinal DiNardo, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, points out that the Senate actually approved the same concept of the Nelson amendment in other bills, and did so just recently.
Here is the full text of the...READ MORE

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Christmas in a Lean Year

Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:10 AM Comments (0)

It’s been a rough year, economically and in other ways. People have lost homes and jobs, and economic uncertainty is eating away at a lot of Americans right now.

So, as we enter the final week before Christmas, we’d like to conduct a little unscientific survey. Let us hear from you on your thoughts and experiences regarding Christmas in a lean year: Are you celebrating Advent and Christmas any differently this year? Why? What sorts of things are you doing differently? What has changed for you over the past year? Do you work for a company that has not been able to hand out end-of-year bonuses or throw a Christmas party? Have you agreed with family and friends to not exchange gifts, for...READ MORE

Filed under advent, christmas, economic downturn

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