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Pope Francis, MD: Using medical metaphors to provoke, explain
Pope Francis has proven to be a master of metaphor and, as fall approached, he increasingly turned to the field of medicine to make his points. Of course, probably his most famous medical metaphor is his repeated description of the church today as a "field hospital." In his 2013 interview with the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, he said: "I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds." At his early morning Mass Sept. 22, he showed that while triage might be his specialty, he is familiar with a range of ailments.
Father Hesburgh, JFK to be honored on postage stamps
Two prominent Catholics will be commemorated on U.S. postage stamps in 2017. Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, who was president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963, are among several subjects that will be part of next year’s stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced Sept. 20. Both stamps will be issued at the “forever” rate, which currently stands at 47 cents. The forever designation means the stamps can be used to pay first class postage for items weighing one ounce or less.
Report truths, do not spread fears, Pope says to journalists
Journalists should be motivated by love of the truth, professionalism, and respect for human dignity, Pope Francis said in a September 22 address. Speaking to members of Italy's Naiotnal Council of the Order of Journalists, the Pope paid tribute to their profession, remarking that journalists "write the first draft of history." He said that although the new social media are cutting steadily into the role that has traditionally been played by newspapers and broadcast outlets, the basic principles of the profession remain unchanged.
Bishop Jugis calls all to pray for peace, justice in Charlotte
After two nights of violence in Charlotte, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called on men, women and children in the Diocese of Charlotte to join him in prayers for "peace and justice" for all victims of violence and for law enforcement personnel who have been victims of "unjust violence." "Let us pray for all men and women of good will to be instruments of harmony and the always-shining light of Christ in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and public places," the bishop said in a statement Sept. 22.
The modern – and little known – miracles of Padre Pio
Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession. “St. Padre Pio is a pretty powerful intercessor…a priest said to me once that he’s probably one of the most active saints in the Church,” Fr. John Paul Zeller MVFA, told CNA in an interview.