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Ancient Siberian brain surgeries reenacted in present day

Ancient Siberian brain surgeries reenacted in present day Watch

Health

It is amazing what Russian surgeons of 2,300 years ago were capable of. Delicate brain surgeries - found in the skeletal remains of Siberian ...

Is the Cold War over? Congress pushes for end of restrictions on travel with Cuba

Is the Cold War over? Congress pushes for end of restrictions on travel with Cuba Watch

Americas

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama's inroads into warming relations between the United States and Cuba is being supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, who on ...

GRAPHIC VIDEO on website warns away French nationals against joining Islamist State

GRAPHIC VIDEO on website warns away French nationals against joining Islamist State Watch

Europe

The French government, in the weeks following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, has released a website and video aimed at countering ...

 Mystery illness leaves more than 100 kids paralyzed with poliolike symptoms

Mystery illness leaves more than 100 kids paralyzed with poliolike symptoms Watch

Health

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

More than 100 kids have been infected with a mysterious illness that causes poliolike symptoms of paralysis in the United States since August 2014.

RUMORS OF WARS: Under-reported conflicts in world leave little hope of change

RUMORS OF WARS: Under-reported conflicts in world leave little hope of change Watch

Europe

By Alex Whiting, Thomson Reuters Foundation

While wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine make headlines in the West, around 30 other conflicts receive little press coverage, and the resulting lack ...

As world warms up, Iceland is RISING; soil pushed up by melting icecaps

As world warms up, Iceland is RISING; soil pushed up by melting icecaps Watch

Green

Global climate change has many fearful that nations' coastlines will eventually be washed away to sea. In Iceland, the opposite appears to be ...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:23-24, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:5-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:39-40, ...

St. Aldegunais: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

St. Aldegunais: Saint of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

Saints

Virgin and abess, also known as Adelgundis, Aldegonde, or Orgonne. She was a member of the royal family of the Merovingians and was raised by two ...

A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prayer of the Day for Friday, January 30, 2015

Prayers

Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler, I adore You as my true God, with God the Father and God the Son. I adore You and unite myself to the adoration ...

Was fearsome Blackbeard the Pirate - an old softie? New evidence suggests so

Was fearsome Blackbeard the Pirate - an old softie? New evidence suggests so Watch

Europe

Blackbeard the Pirate was legendary for his ruthlessness and terrorizing shipping lanes in the West Atlantic. However - there appears to have ...

For the first time in 100 years, Yosemite National Park hosts extremely rare sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox

For the first time in 100 years, Yosemite National Park hosts extremely rare sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox Watch

U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the first confirmed sighting in nearly 100 years, the rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been captured with motion-sensitive cameras in the Yosemite ...

'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81

'World's Most Understood Poet' Rod McKuen dies at 81 Watch

Celebrity

His name raises ire among all so-called serious practitioners of "serious literature." Talk show host Dick Cavett once declared Rod McKuen as ...

What you need to know about a coming WAR WITH MACHINES: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn about artificial intelligence

What you need to know about a coming WAR WITH MACHINES: Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn about artificial intelligence Watch

Technology

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It is becoming more apparent that leaders in the fields of technology and science do not trust possible artificial intelligence. No less than ...

Friday, January 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance

Friday, January 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance Watch

Daily Homilies

Fr. Alan on the virtue of perseverance and how this was so important in the life of St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti.

'God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him...': Ivory Coast children kidnapped and brutally butchered in suspected ritual killings

'God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him...': Ivory Coast children kidnapped and brutally butchered in suspected ritual killings Watch

Africa

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"God told me to do this. God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him and then I would be made king," stated Drissa Coulibaly after ...

Jan 29 - Homily: The Purpose of a Lamp

Jan 29 - Homily: The Purpose of a Lamp Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Father comments on the readings, telling us that the purpose of a lamp is to dispel darkness, and in the parable, the darkness is the darkness of ...

Jan 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance

Jan 30 - Homily: St. Hyacinth and Perseverance Watch

AirMaria > Homilies

Fr. Alan on the virtue of perseverance and how this was so important in the life of St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti Ave Maria! Mass: St. Hyacinth of ...

Outraged Egyptians confront government over mysterious death of human rights activist

Outraged Egyptians confront government over mysterious death of human rights activist Watch

Africa

On Thursday, a crowd of women gathered in Cairo to demand an investigation into the death of Chaimaa Sabbagh, a human rights activist who spoke ...

Mustard Seed Faith and Living as a Christian in the Real World

Mustard Seed Faith and Living as a Christian in the Real World Watch

Living Faith

By Deacon Keith Fournier

All the images Jesus uses in these parables concern the spreading of the kingdom or reign of God. They are meant to bring home the new reality ...

Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure and the Fear of the Lord

Andrew M. Greenwell: St. Bonaventure and the Fear of the Lord Watch

Living Faith

By Andrew M. Greenwell

The Church teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given us as part of sanctifying or habitual grace.  If we are in a state of grace, ...

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics

Keith A Fournier: Why I Will Not Give Up On Politics Watch

Politics & Policy

By Keith A Fournier

Like many in the United States, I am trying to make sense out of what is happening to this Nation which we love. The temptation, so clearly ...

Astonishing skull find reveals new information on interbreeding between Neanderthals and the modern man

Astonishing skull find reveals new information on interbreeding between Neanderthals and the modern man Watch

Europe

A skull in an Israeli cave recently is one of the earliest known evidence of primitive Europeans yet found. The archaeological find is shedding ...

Thrilling nature video shows two leopards taking down warthog

Thrilling nature video shows two leopards taking down warthog Watch

Africa

A "once in a lifetime sighting" of two leopards battling over a warthog has been captured by a game ranger. Working on a private reserve to the ...

Daily Readings for Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Readings

By New Jerusalem Bible

Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:3-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:5-6, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:39-40, Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 37:23-24, ...

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea: Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sts. Sarbelius & Barbea: Saint of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saints

Two martyrs, brother and sister, who were put to death at Edessa during the persecutions of Emperor Trajan. Sarbelius, also called Sharbel, was a ...

Prayer for the Sick: Prayer of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Prayers

Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, N., for whom we beg the aid of Thy ...

Desperate for a son, man horrifically buries his 10-year-old daughter alive in India

Desperate for a son, man horrifically buries his 10-year-old daughter alive in India Watch

Asia Pacific

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many parents in India consider their daughters an economic burden, while sons are seen as the breadwinners, according to Daily Mail. Having a son ...

Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages

Edward Gorey's 'dreadful' storybooks continue to delight readers of all ages Watch

Celebrity

American illustrator Edward Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, left behind an endearing legacy of "not quite right" storybooks enjoyed by ...

VATICAN HELPS THE HOMELESS, plans to provide free showers, haircuts and shaves near St. Peter's Square

VATICAN HELPS THE HOMELESS, plans to provide free showers, haircuts and shaves near St. Peter's Square Watch

Living Faith

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Vatican will begin providing homeless people in Rome a place to not only shower, but to also receive haircuts and shaves starting next month, ...

Has Horn of Plenty begun to run dry? Wheat, chicken and rice slowing in growth

Has Horn of Plenty begun to run dry? Wheat, chicken and rice slowing in growth Watch

Home & Food

Famine is a problem that looms large in many developing nations. Such countries lack an agricultural infrastructure and are bound to the whims ...

TIME TO PAY: Uninsured in 2014 will have to pay tax penalty

TIME TO PAY: Uninsured in 2014 will have to pay tax penalty Watch

Politics & Policy

It is time to pay the piper. If you disregarded signing up for Obamacare in 2014 or failed to make payments - you are going to have to pay a ...

 Elusive African golden cat is caught hunting monkeys in extremely rare camera trap video

Elusive African golden cat is caught hunting monkeys in extremely rare camera trap video Watch

Africa

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Rare footage of the African golden cat provides more insight into the mysterious life of one of the least known cats on earth. Recorded by a camera ...