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Maryland priest feels touched by the miraculous

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EPHRATA, Pa. — When Redemptorist Father John Murray bashed his head against a railing after tripping along a New Jersey boardwalk 15 months ago, the consequences were devastating.

The former pastor of St. Mary in Annapolis and St. Wenceslaus in Baltimore suffered a broken neck that left him instantly paralyzed from the chest down. Rushed to a hospital, he underwent emergency spinal cord surgery and later began rehabilitation at a prominent New Jersey institute.

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‘Little baby’ has big impact on St. E’s basketball team

December 30th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Youth Tags: , ,

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WILMINGTON — The St. Elizabeth High School girls’ basketball team is a young bunch this season, with just two seniors and one junior among the 12 players on the roster.  Two of the players are eighth-graders at the parish elementary school: Gabby Julian and Taylor Faulkner.

“They call me the little baby because I’m one of the youngest ones,” Julian said recently. “They don’t really say that about Taylor because she’s 6-1.”

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Italian experts need lasers to re-create Shroud of Turin effect

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VATICAN CITY — Using high-tech lasers shooting pulses of ultraviolet light, Italy’s national research agency succeeded in reproducing on linen cloth colorations similar to those seen on the Shroud of Turin.

The enormous technical difficulty in achieving the positive results also makes it highly unlikely that the shroud is a fake from medieval times, the agency said.

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Nigerian bishops call for security after church bombings

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LAGOS, Nigeria — Catholic leaders condemned the spate of bomb blasts in Nigeria and urged the government to get control of security.

Lagos Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie criticized the government for its failure to protect citizens.

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Vatican estimates 2.5 million saw pope at Vatican in 2011

December 29th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — The Prefecture of the Papal Household, the office responsible for handing out free tickets to papal events, estimated more than 2.5 million people saw Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2011.

The prefecture — headed by U.S. Archbishop James M. Harvey — estimated 500,000 people attended a liturgy celebrated by Pope Benedict in the month of May.

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Nuns launch billboard campaign to welcome ‘strangers’

December 28th, 2011 Posted in Featured, National News

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — In anticipation of the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3, 10 communities of women religious in Iowa and nearby states bought billboards throughout Iowa to deliver a call for comprehensive immigration reform.

Quoting chapter 25, verse 35 of the Gospel of Matthew, the billboards read: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” and are signed “Jesus.” But the words “a stranger” are crossed out and replaced with “an immigrant.”

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Contest seeks a ‘green’ design for pope- mobile

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VATICAN CITY — A select group of young international designers will be submitting innovative mock-ups of what an eco-friendly popemobile should look like.

For the first time, the annual Autostyle Design Competition will have a special category for a popemobile, according to L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. The vehicle design must meet standards for low-emissions, as well as the Vatican’s safety and security standards, it said.

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Pope says Christmas shows God’s will to save people from sin

December 27th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — God sent his son into the world to save it from evil, pride and violence, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).

“The child whom we contemplate is our salvation! He has brought to the world a universal message of reconciliation and peace,” the pope said Dec. 25 as he stood on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and gave his solemn Christmas blessing.

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“War Horse” stirring, but intense and violent

December 27th, 2011 Posted in Featured, Movies Tags: , , ,

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“War Horse” is director Steven Spielberg’s epic screen version of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel, the stage adaptation of which has proved a critical and popular success both in London and on Broadway.

Despite Morpurgo’s tenure as the U.K.’s official children’s laureate, though, Spielberg’s vast canvas makes unsuitable viewing for kids — because of the intensity of the onscreen drama, the level of violence in scenes of World War I fighting and some of the vocabulary used in screenwriters Lee Hall and Richard Curtis’ script. Mature audience members, on the other hand, will encounter a stirring affirmation of human solidarity amid the tragedy of the trenches.

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‘Easy A’ led to a CSI-like career with the military

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 WILMINGTON – No, she doesn’t work in the dark. And she doesn’t chase bad guys.

But the work Debra Prince Zinni does is similar to what is shown on the hit CBS television franchise “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A forensic anthropologist, Prince Zinni works at the Joint Prisoners of War Central Identification Lab in Hawaii, where she is part of a team that tries to account for all Americans missing as a result of past wars.

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