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Archbishop Sheen miracle ticked

PEORIA (SE): Bishop Daniel Jenky, from Peoria in Illinois, the United States of America (US), announced that a Vatican medical panel has unanimous approved a miracle attributed to the television and radio personality of the 1930s, Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Archbishop Sheen has already been declared a servant of God and the approval of this miracle moves him a step closer to beatification and eventual canonisation.

He has been credited with the unexplained recovery of James Fulton Engstrom, a boy that was apparently stillborn in September 2010 to Bonnie and Travis Engstrom of the Peoria area, CNA reported on March 10.

The ruling means that a board of theologians will now review the case. If they approve, it will pass to the cardinals and bishops who advise Pope Francis.

Archbishop Sheen was born on  8 May 1895 in El Paso, Illinois. He was ordained a priest in 1919 and taught philosophy and religion at the Catholic University of America.

As the host of the Catholic Hour on radio, he went on to star in an Emmy-award winning television show, Life is Worth Living.


Benedictine sisters top the charts

ATLANTA (SE): Lent at Ephesus, an album cut by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles, is holding steady at the number one spot on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for the third consecutive week, Carmel Communications reported on March 10.

It is the sisters’ second album, following Angels and Saints at Ephesus, which is holding its own on the Classical Traditional Music Chart at the number two spot, number eight on the Contemporary Christian Chart and number 10 spot on the Christian Gospel Chart in the US.

The sisters are well known for their beautiful music and are one of the many orders and congregations being celebrated during National Catholic Sisters Week, which began March 8.


Mega-Church pastor turns Catholic

UPPSALA (SE): Ulf Ekman, the founder of the Word of Life Ministry in Sweden in 1983, has seen his small initiative grow into a mega-Church.

However, The Christian Post reported on March 10 that he left his congregation a bit stunned when he announced that he and his wife, Birgitta, had decided to be received into the Catholic Church.

In an explanation posted on his website, he says that conversations that he and Birgitta had with Catholic friends challenged his Protestant prejudices and brought them to the realisation that they had no real basis on which to criticise the Catholic Church.


 “We have met an ethical and moral strength and consistency that dare to face up to the general opinion and a kindness towards the poor and the weak. And, last but not least, we have come in contact with representatives of millions of charismatic Catholics and we have seen their living faith,” he concludes.

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