Thursday, July 13, 2006

IS U2 A CHRISTIAN ROCK BAND? And other great stories

BURNING QUESTION OF THE WEEK: "What, if any, influence does the Pope have on your personal life?" Please share your comments and thoughts with us.

A NEW BLOG DEBUTS THIS WEEK: A Place at the Table by Kathi Scarpace. "Many Mouths to Feed" is her maiden story. Check it out.

The world was once again buzzing with things Catholic this week.

You all know about the Holy Grail, right? The Pope this week said Mass in Valencia, Spain, using what many Christians believe to be the actual chalice that Jesus used at the Last Supper. He also told Catholic parents, "Renew your faith to be authentic teachers" to children. And he strongly defended the traditional family, taking on a Socialist Spanish government that has sanctioned liberal reforms such as gay marriage and fast-track divorce.

Still from Spain, a Cardinal recommended the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a "unique help" for families to discover the beauty of the faith and transmit it to their children. And we have the "Top 10 Catholic parenting tips" found in the Ten Commandments. All parents need to read this.

In Medjugorje, Bosnia, the local bishop has urged the six alleged Marian visionaries to stop claiming that the Virgin Mary has been visiting them for 25 years, saying the church "has not accepted any of the apparitions."

Catholic counselors at a Billy Graham Christian festival? They were present at the Baltimore event this week, bringing people to experience the Catholic Church. From Amarillo, Texas, Bishop John Yanta urged modesty in dress, especially at Sunday Mass, arousing strong reactions even in the more conservative circles. And Poland pulls a first in world politics, as it's newly elected pro-Life President appointed his equally pro-Life twin brother as Prime Minister.
Searching for Happiness?

Recent research confirms that material wealth alone does not bring lasting satisfaction. ParishWorld Blogger Paul Dion tackles this same issue with his latest blog, "THE POOR YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE WITH YOU." Related to these, gambling fever is on the rise in the world - with reveneues of over $82B every year - and the Catholic Church chimes in with its ethical concerns.

And talking about the wealth and insane luxury of today's pop stars, Ben Stein's farewell Morton's Restaurant column talks about why these stars are not heroes in his eyes. This hot piece is currently buzzing around the internet. Read it here.

GET INSPIRED! A Catholic US Senate Candidate professes, "You will find that you cannot divorce your faith from your public service. There can be no conflict between God's will and my duty as a public servant." Check it out as well as "Take your marriage one day at a time," "The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee," and the story of the US soldier who gave his life for all of us.' And a must-see video, see the inspiring story of a remarkable woman born with no arms and how she manages to live a full life.

For the youth, we have the story of three groups of teens who are walking from California to Washington DC to promore Life. And a special message from someone who went through it himself, "Rebellion leads to a dead end!"

And finally on the lighter side of life, ever wonder why it's so hard to stick to a diet? We tell you why. Is U2 a Christian rock band? A Catholic priest thinks so. And a Catholic sociologist says Internet friendships can foster deep personal relationships.

Another busy week for Catholics everywhere. Have a safe and blessed weekend.

Keep the faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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