Headlines from Apollo – Franciscans in Syria, Dead Sea Scrolls, Drug Dealer turned Monk and moreJuly 15, 2012 No Comments
July 15, 2012 / MariaNews.com
Headlines from Apollo
1. Franciscans in Syria call for dialogue not weapons
The Franciscans in Syria are calling upon foreign powers to stop sending arms to the country after reports that over 200 civilians have been massacred in the village of Tremseh, potentially the bloodiest single incident of the Syrian conflict so far.
“It is a tragedy, the news is confusing, truth is the first victim,” Franciscan Father Romualdo Fernandez, Director of the Ecumenical Centre of Tabbaleh, said on July 13 in Damascus.
Apollo: It’s nice to know that the Syrian Franciscans are truly obeying their founder’s call to be a channel of God’s peace by bringing God’s love to where there is hatred.
2. The Dead Sea Scrolls Come to America
A small selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls is touring America, supported by the largest set of Holy Land artifacts ever to travel outside of Israel. Following a successful run in New York, the touring exhibit, called “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times,” will be at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until October. Its next stop has not yet been determined.
In 1946 (or possibly 1947), a Bedouin shepherd threw a rock into a cave and heard something smash. He was disappointed to find crumbling scrolls, along with some of the pottery in which they had been stored, rather than treasure, but the scrolls themselves would prove to be one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.
Tickets are $31 for adults, $25 for youth, and come with access to the rest of the Franklin Institute. Visit FI.edu/scrolls for more information.
Apollo: Here’s a chance for people here in the U.S. who may never have the chance to go to the Middle East to view one of the most interesting archeological finds of the 20th century!
3. Father Taras Kraychuk: From drug dealer to Ukrainian Catholic monk
For years, the alcohol, the drugs, the parties consumed Taras Kraychuk. Then, literally, he saw the light.
He’s now Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, serving as a hieromonk — pastor-monk — in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and living the monastic life near Derwent, Alberta.
Read the full story here: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1202948.htm
Apollo: A truly remarkable conversion story!
4. Pro-Lifers: Pro-Abortion Views Disqualify Condi Rice as Romney VP
Media speculation on the person Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will select as his vice-presidential running mate reached a fever pitch today with media outlets, led by the Drudge Report, guessing it will be Bush defense official Condoleezza Rice.
However, pro-life advocates would reject the selection because Rice has continuously defended her stance supporting legal abortions.
“I never once stepped foot in the Catholic Student Center,” Walsh said. “I was too busy doing fraternity parties and that kind of thing.”
Walsh — now a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington — is in the building plenty these days: He’s chaplain of the Catholic Student Center.
His Catholic faith, family influence and mission travels to Third World countries have instilled in him a deep desire to serve the “poorest of the poor” in the spirit of Blessed Mother Teresa.
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