Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Parish receives first class relic

HARDIN, Ill. 11 September 2012 (ACNS) - The Church of Saint Concordia received a first class relic of the bones of Saint Camilla Battista Varano, an Italian Saint canonized in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. She lived from 1458 until 1524 and was beatified by Pope Gregory XVI in 1843.

Saint Camilla entered the monastery in Urbino at the age of 23 as a Poor Clare, professing in 1483. She had a vision of Saint Clare of Assisi that lasted for fifteen days. She was elected the abbess of her monastery in 1500, and again in 1507, 1513, and 1515. In 1505, Julius II sent her to found a monastery in Farmo. She died of the plague at the age of 66 in the year 1524. Her extensive writings emphasized following the poor and crucified Christ and are considered quite significant among Poor clare literature.

Amy Bishop Pleads Guilty to Killing Colleagues at Faculty Meeting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. 11 September 2012 (ACNS) - A former professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville plead guilty on Tuesday to a capital murder charge in connection with the 2010 shooting deaths of three colleagues at hte university. The incident took place during a faculty meeting in the biology department. The former professor, Amy Bishop, age 47, plead guilty to one count of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings, which also wounded three faculty members. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty in the case. It is not clear at present whether they will seek a lesser penalty as part of the plea deal. Bishop had earlier plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Her sentencing will occur after a hearing on September 24.

GMC TV Premieres ‘Touched by an Angel’ in September as Part of ‘Calling All Angels’ Programming Stunt

 LOS ANGELES, CA – September 11, 2012 – GMC TV, America’s favorite channel for uplifting family entertainment, will premiere the beloved hit series “Touched by an Angel” as part of a “Calling All Angels” programming stunt in September.
“Touched by an Angel” will premiere on GMC TV with a marathon on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. The series will then air in its regular time slot, weekdays at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. All times are EST.
“Touched by an Angel” premiered in 1994 and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons. The series stars Roma Downey as an angel named Monica, and Della Reese as her supervisor Tess. Throughout the series, Monica is tasked with bringing guidance and messages from God to various people who are at a crossroads in their lives. From the third season on, they are frequently joined by Andrew (John Dye), the angel of death (who first appeared as a recurring character in season two). In the later seasons they are joined by Valerie Bertinelli, another rookie angel. Many guest stars appeared in the series.
GMC’s “Calling all Angels” stunt also will include the popular series “7th Heaven” on weekdays at noon, 5 and 6 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 to11 p.m., along with a marathon on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
About GMC TV
GMC TV (www.watchGMCtv.com) is America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC TV is the only television network brand to be so honored. GMC has been the fastest growing entertainment network in television in the key demographics of W18-49 and W25-54. GMC can be seen in more than 55 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224. Follow GMC TV on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/gmctv and http://twitter.com/gmctv.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mass of Thanksgiving Celebrated in Peoria for the Venerable Fulton Sheen

PEORIA 9 September 2012 (ACNS) - A mass of thanksgiving was celebrated in Peoria, Illinois, to celebrate the declaration of Archbishop Fulton Sheen as "the Venerable" by the Holy Father earlier this year. The mass was celebrated by the Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, the home diocese of the Venerable Fulton Sheen. From this point, Sheen may be beatified, declaring him a "Blessed." After that, it is possible that he will be canonized as a Saint by the Holy Father in Rome. For more information about this event, read this article. For more about Fulton Sheen, visit this website.

Patriarchal Address centers on the need for compassionate and uncompromising Catholic action

See of St. Stephen 8 September 2012 (ACNS) - The Patriarchal Address on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary focused on the need for compassionate and uncompromising Catholic action. The Patriarch spoke of the need for compassion towards marginalized people, meaningful and effective health care reform, and appropriate immigration reform. Cardinal Johnson said, "The Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church seeks and promotes peace and the freedom and welfare of all mankind. It is through Christ that all may be truly free. Of particular importance now in history is the state of religious and individual freedom in the United States." Taking the preeminent position in the address was the issue of abortion and respect for life. " It is tragic enough that abortion is currently a form of legal murder, but it is absolutely disastrous that many politicians, activists, and private citizens now promote abortion as a matter of women's health or women's reproductive rights." Read the transcript of the complete address here.