Tuesday, February 25, 2014
News Excerpt and Photo from the BBC
When Belfast doctor Michael Moran began volunteering in Lourdes 17 years ago, he had no idea that he would end up becoming part of a small, select team that evaluates miracles at the Catholic religious shrine in France.
The small market town lies in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and is famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that are reported to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous.
The trainee ENT surgeon is the first doctor from Ireland to take a place on the panel.
Dr Moran said his appointment came "very much by surprise".
"I'd been volunteering in Lourdes for years and had the normal contact that any doctor would have with the medical bureau there," he said.
Since 1858, there have been 69 verified miracles or cures in Lourdes.
"The most recent one was a lady with extremely high blood pressure who had a benign tumour on her adrenal gland that was secreting adrenaline and keeping her blood pressure very high and she felt suddenly well.
"That's a characteristic, that you suddenly feel something different has happened, she felt it when she was in the bath in Lourdes and that was in the 1980s and that was only just confirmed in 2011."
He said the first cure was of a paralysed arm that regained function suddenly.
"Another classic example of that is a gentleman from Italy who had a tumour of the pelvis and although you can see the destruction of the pelvic bone on x-rays which are available for the public to view in Lourdes, the bone actually re-grew, both in the pelvis and the femur in an anatomically correct way that would be very hard to explain," he said.
Michael said miracles were just the "tip of the iceberg" at Lourdes.
Read More: Dr. Michael Moran
Saturday, February 15, 2014
'Son of God' movie brings Gospels to life, Catholic leaders say - Catholic News Agency (CNA)
News excerpt from CNA
A new movie about Jesus Christ – to be released by the makers of the popular History Channel television miniseries “The Bible” – has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders.
“It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer of “Son of God” who stars as Mary.
“The Story of the Son of God is one of the most-known stories in the history of the world,” added her husband and co-producer Mark Burnett. “And yet it never gets old. And the way we have told it is very connective, very young, very gritty and real. You really feel connected and can see yourself as these characters.”
The movie is based on the Bible and covers the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. A 20-minute preview of the video is already being distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The full movie will be released Feb. 28 in English, Spanish and Korean. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado will play the role of Jesus. Morgado said the role is “overwhelming.”
Burnett said that teenagers and young people who see the movie are “absolutely connecting with the disciples” and realizing “they were just ordinary people.”
“They did not know they were in the Bible, they were just leading ordinary lives,” he said.
The movie was made in consultation with academics and faith leaders.
It has drawn praise from several Catholic leaders.
“It is a joy to watch this film bring alive the pages of the Gospel and help us see what those who lived at the time of Jesus experienced,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.
He said the movie helps individuals and families “be inspired all over again with the story of God’s love for us.”
Read more: Son of God
The movie’s website is www.SonofGodMovie.com
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Barnsley News from the Barnsley Chronicle
A woman who was given the last rites stunned her family when she started to talk hours later.
Mary Young had received end of life care following a heart attack and was visited by Barnsley Hospital chaplain Fr. Peter Needham.
Mary, 87, of Taylor Crescent, Grimethorpe, was taken to hospital on January 11.
Daughter Marie Gledhill, of Bank End Road, Worsbrough Dale, was contacted the next day by staff to say her mother was deteriorating and that she and her brother Tommy should come.
"My mum was out of it, the nurse said she could have hours or days.
"She didn't even know Fr Peter was there but he came and gave her the last rites.
"I stayed with her after and was talking to her and all of a sudden she started answering me.
"It's a miracle, there's no other explanation. You take it as gospel what the doctors say, but they couldn't believe it."
Mary was allowed home on January 24.
Read More: The Miracle Recovery