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Archbishop on Ebola: ‘Time for prudence, not panic’

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Staff Report

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr addressed a letter via email to the pastors of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati concerning the recent Ebola outbreak and subsequent media coverage writing, “This is a time for prudence, not panic.” Continue reading

 
Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes

The Sistine Chapel is illuminated with new LED lighting at the Vatican Oct. 29. A new lighting system was donated by Osram, a German lighting company. A new air conditioning system also was donated and installed by the U.S.-based Carrier company. The chapel now is cooler and better lit with the new systems, which will help preserve Michelangelo Buonarroti's masterpiece. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not promising visitors to the Sistine Chapel more elbow room, but it is guaranteeing a cooler experience.

Marking the year of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s death, the Vatican Museums hope the brand new air conditioning system and the 7,000 new LED lights will preserve the Renaissance artist’s masterpiece for generations to come. Continue reading

 
Cardinal announces school closures, mergers in Chicago Archdiocese

A student raises his hand during math class in 2010 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Chicago. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO — In a major restructuring, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Oct. 29 that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

“This restructuring is the result of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and support sustainable Catholic schools over the long term,” said Thomas McGrath, chief operating officer for Catholic schools. “Although difficult in the immediate term, we know taking these steps will increase access for families and students to excellent Catholic school education, now and in the future.” Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Halloween a mixture different traditions
A clipping from the Oct. 28, 1949 edition of The Catholic Telegraph-Register contrasts Christian and pagan imagery associated with Halloween. (CT File)

A clipping from the Oct. 28, 1948 edition of The Catholic Telegraph-Register contrasts Christian and pagan imagery associated with Halloween. (CT File)

Staff Report

Though the origins of Halloween are tied up with the Christian feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 (hence All Hallows Eve, Oct. 31), the present celebration of the holiday is often more focused on candy and costumes. The full history of the celebration of course goes back further than this Throwback Thursday is meant to chronicle.

Dressing up as a superhero, prince or princess, or even one’s favorite saint is a fairly harmless way for children to have some fun.  Continue reading

 
Doctor/deacon honored with humanitarian award
Dr. Mark Alexander, also a deacon of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, shows his dedication to Gospel values through volunteerism. (CT Photo)

Dr. Mark Alexander, also a deacon of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, shows his dedication to Gospel values through volunteerism. (CT Photo)

By Walt Scaefer
For The Catholic Telegraph 

Dr. Marc Alexander learned his philosophy for life from his days at Elder High School. A big part of what is instilled in Elder students is to share one’s talents and blessings with others.

Many people think he goes far beyond the call. The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Foundation recently honored Alexander along with another Cincinnati physician, Dr. S. Nemat Moussavian, with the Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award.

The award recognizes  “living physicians who have given generously of themselves to their patients and/or community in which they live by demonstrating a history of awareness and self dedication to the needs of others.” Continue reading

 
Halloween costumes that mock religious figures called disrespectful
Children dance to music during a Halloween carnival at Santa Cruz Catholic School in Tucson, Ariz., Oct 24. The annual event brought together hundreds of students, parents and neighbors for a night of entertainment and fun. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Children dance to music during a Halloween carnival at Santa Cruz Catholic School in Tucson, Ariz., Oct 24. The annual event brought together hundreds of students, parents and neighbors for a night of entertainment and fun. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

By Rose Ybarra
Catholic News Service 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Every October, many look forward to Halloween — the trick-or-treating, the parties and especially the costumes.

Every Halloween, however, many also mock religious figures with their costume choices. Costumes for badly behaved nuns, rabbis, Muslims, priests, Catholic schoolgirls, Sikhs and Buddhist monks make their way onto store shelves every year. Continue reading

 
CRS manages ‘safe and dignified’ burials of Sierra Leone Ebola victims
A Kenyan Port Health Services worker wearing full personal protective equipment commands a small boy, who is among nine Kenyans who were stranded in the Ebola-hit country Liberia, to return to an observation room for Ebola screening, as they arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Oct. 28 in Nairobi, Kenya. During his weekly general audience Oct. 29, Pope Francis urged prayers and international action to fight the Ebola virus. (CNS photo/Daniel Irungu, EPA) See POPE-EBOLA Oct. 29, 2014.

A Kenyan Port Health Services worker wearing full personal protective equipment commands a small boy, who is among nine Kenyans who were stranded in the Ebola-hit country Liberia, to return to an observation room for Ebola screening, as they arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Oct. 28 in Nairobi, Kenya. (CNS photo/Daniel Irungu, EPA)

By Bronwen Dachs
Catholic News Service 

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. church aid official said.

“So many people are dying that there has not been the capacity to respond” to burial needs in an appropriate way and “we are now making this a priority,” Michael Stulman, regional information officer for the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services, said in a telephone interview from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Continue reading

 
Around the Archdiocese: Oct. 29

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Enquirer columnist pens book about prominent nun

Sister Rose Ann Fleming, SNDden, is a well known member of the Xavier University basketball community. Since she started XU’s academic advising program, every player that reached his final year of eligibility has graduated. Continue reading

 
Pro-life race celebrating 30th anniversary
Sister Carole Temming laces up for the Pro Life Saver 5k race. (Courtesy Photo)

Sister Carole Temming laces up for the Pro Life Saver 5k race. (Courtesy Photo)

Press Release

The 30th annual Pro Life Saver 5k run/walk will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Lunken Airport.

Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Cincinnati Right to Life was happy with the energy provided by the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish community and leadership provided by Father Tom Kriedler and chairperson Marjie Cassani.

Westwood said that many other faith communities participate in this pro life event and that Father Kriedler and Cassani really “ran with it” and worked to provide a positive, fun, family event to simply celebrate life.  Continue reading

 
Quilt maker supports well being of unborn infants
Linda Schaefer, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Monroe, with some of the baby items she quilted for young mothers. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

Linda Schaefer, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Monroe, with some of the baby items she quilted for young mothers. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

By Walt Schaefer
For The Catholic Telegraph

From a parish of 700 families, Linda Schaefer found 176 people willing to work for the well-being of unborn infants through the Community Pregnancy Center in downtown Middletown.

Schaefer has become the liaison between the center and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Monroe. The 176 parishioners in one way or another provide the wherewithal to supply quilts, blankets, crocheted booties and hats to the Middletown agency.

In the past year, the pregnancy center served between 1,400 and 1,800 pregnant clients, ranging in age from 12 to 52. Continue reading