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BY John Lilly
Evidence Sent to Rome for Possible Newman
BOSTON — Evidence of an alleged miraculous cure
in the Archdiocese of Boston attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John
Henry Newman has been sent to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes in Rome.
postulator of the cause, Andrea Ambrosi, was assigned
by the archdiocesan tribunal in Boston
to be the official carrier of the package of documents, which contained two
copies of the evidence. He flew from Boston to Rome and handed over the package Nov. 14 to congregation
officials at the Vatican.
containing the sworn testimonies and the medical evidence of the healing of
Deacon Jack Sullivan, 68, of Marshfield,
was sealed during the closing session of the tribunal Nov. 9. Deacon Sullivan
had a severe spinal disorder, but was restored to full mobility in 2001 after
praying for Cardinal Newman’s intercession. The package was wrapped in brown
paper, tied with red ribbon and secured with the wax seal of Cardinal Sean
O’Malley of Boston.
Marines Will Accept Talking
Jesus Doll Donations
QUANTICO, Va. — A 12-inch
talking Jesus doll may find its way to needy children this Christmas after the
Marines’ Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive reversed course Nov. 15 and decided
to accept the dolls. The Toys for Tots Foundation had initially declined a
donation of 4,000 Jesus dolls from the Valencia, Calif.-based Beverly Hills
Teddy Bear Company, saying they could be inappropriate for non-Christian
“We realized it’s a
lot less time-consuming to find homes for the dolls than it is to answer media
and complaints,” said Bill Grein, vice president of
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in Quantico,
When the decision
to reject the toys got out, the toy company began receiving hundreds of phone
calls and e-mails from organizations and people who would like to receive the
dolls. “The phones are ringing off the hook. There is a new e-mail every few
seconds. It is unbelievable,” said Michael La Roe, director of business
development for the company. “We had someone write in from Okinawa, Japan.
The word is spreading all over the country and in some cases all over the
Fans Say Pressure Has Eased NBC
NEW YORK — Fans of “VeggieTales,” those
lovable animated singing and talking vegetables, may notice a change in the
episodes aired on NBC’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup: There’s less editing
than originally feared.
“The last batch of
episodes are airing with very little editing,” “VeggieTales”
creator Phil Vischer wrote in an e-mail. “Not none whatsoever, but very nearly none whatsoever. Much less than earlier episodes.”
Originally, NBC had
asked for changes in four of 13 episodes — mostly editing out references to God
and the Bible. Vischer said he was not thrilled with
the edits, but was happy to have the cartoons on network television.
He said he had “no
idea” why many recent shows have had fewer edits, but Paul Irwin, president of
the American Bible Society, said his organization has sponsored “several
hundred thousand” complaint letters to NBC and its parent company, General
Irwin: “NBC has learned that this is not a matter of casual interest to the
people of this country.”
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