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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist British health officials have called a temporary halt to a national vaccination program after a 14 year-old collapsed and died a few hours after receiving the controversial cervical cancer vaccine, Cervarix.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer At long last, the White House finally contacted a prominent pro-life Democrat who has been trying to speak with the president about stripping abortion funding from health care reform.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist A secular humanist organization is sponsoring the first annual International Blasphemy Day on Sept. 30 as a “free speech event” in which participants are encouraged to blaspheme God and mock religion.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A day before making an impassioned plea for families at the shrine of the Infant of Prague in Czechoslovakia, the Pope discussed the modern crisis of divorce, saying legal divorce seemed “bent on demolishing” the family.
Today's post continues our short study on the angels, a perfect week to consider these marvelous and holy creatures of God as we celebrate two feast days in their honor. We will be looking at their function and mission. I encourage you to read my earlier two posts on the angels if you haven't done so already. St. Thomas Aquinas, called the Angelic Doctor because of his theological and philosophical study of the angels, tells us that the hosts of heaven are divided into three hierarchies of angels with three choirs in each hierarchy. The angel’s hierarchy and choir are directly related to his function and his divine office.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist President Barack Obama’s declaration of Family Day for 2009 included an historic reference. For the first time in the nation’s history, it recognized same-sex parents.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s longtime confidant, Paul Kirk, has been named as Kennedy’s interim replacement until a special election scheduled for January, 2010.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist A San Francisco media group billing itself as “the best in LGBT media” claims that hundreds of public schools in California have signed up to use its educational materials which include a film featuring a boy who “comes out” by wearing his mother’s bikini.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist During his visit to the Czech Republic, Pope Benedict XVI visited the church of Our Lady of Victories, home of the famous statue of the Infant of Prague, where he crowned the image and pronounced a new prayer for children and families.
Happy Feast of the Archangels! Yesterday's post began a short study on the angels. We discussed who the angels are and who the angels are not. Today we are going to take a look at the characteristics of the angels. Angels are marked by a number of characteristics that are specific to the angelic. First, no two angels are alike. Each of them is a separate and distinct creation, his own species if you will, and each one of them reflects a separate and distinct attribute of God’s divine perfection -- His love, His strength, His goodness. Taken all together, the angels represent the Immensity of God (St. Michael and the Angels, pg. 12).
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