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Weekly News Round-Up: June 8, 2018

Noel Ocol

Friday, June 8, 2018

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Welcome to S+L’s Weekly News Round-Up. As part of my job, I come across many interesting Catholic news stories on a daily basis. Some of them I'll cover on Perspectives Daily and the others I’d like to share with you on this blog.  This column is where I’ll point out some of the more interesting news pieces that I’ve come across over the past week! Enjoy!
Did you know that there is an investigation going on right now that is looking into a possible sainthood cause for GK Chesterton? The investigation into the famous writer's cause is expected to be completed soon and announced before the end of the year. According to Wikipedia, Chesterton wrote approximately 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories, 4000 essays, and several plays. Being such a prolific writer, can we assume that he might be the future patron saint of writers and journalists? You can read more about it here or check out the video below.
Recently, Bishop Robert Barron gave a talk at Google headquarters. The topic: “Religion and the Opening Up of the Mind.” In his talk, he spoke about how the human mind is constantly restlessly. With the gang at Google, Bishop Baron explored the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and very convincingly deduced, using logic, that wealth, power, and pleasure will never satisfy. He concluded his talk with the convincing argument that only God can satisfy the infinite desires of our hearts. It's a long video, but, trust me, it's well worth the watch.
Here's an interesting but odd story. In the Philippines, there is a massive statue of Our Lady of Fatima underwater, resting on the coral reef. Why is it there, and how did it get there? Well, I'm not going to spoil it for you. I will say however, that the reason is somewhat in line with Laudato Si' and is a very clever solution to a very unusual problem. Read the entire story here.
Unexplainable events happen every day. Take this story from Italy, for example, of a massive landslide that dumped over 7,500 cubic meters of rock that stopped abruptly just moments before destroying the 420-year-old church, Santuario di Gallivaggio, where legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared to two young girls in 1492.  Was this incident a miracle or a coincidence? You decide. The story is here. 
That is it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure to check back during the week for the latest Catholic news and stories on Perspectives Daily.

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