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Weekly News Round-Up: The church with a heart within its walls. Literally.

Noel Ocol

Friday, August 17, 2018

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!
OK, some pretty interesting stuff came across my desk this week. I'll begin with the most outrageous one that had me thinking about how important "miraculous" signs are to my faith. To be honest, not really - unless it's officially approved by Rome. But I had to admit, this video of a supposed bleeding statue of the Madonna in San Jose de Metan in Argentina, certainly caught my interest and made me wonder: is it truly miraculous or a fake? You decide.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the separation of the heart from the body after some one dies can be traced back to medieval court poetry in the 11th and 12th centuries? The reason why I bring that up is because that's exactly what happened here in Toronto at St. Basil's Church. John Elmsley back in the 1850's was one of the main fundraisers for St. Basil's Church. When he died in 1863, he willed that his heart be removed from his body and placed within the walls of  St. Basil’s, where it remains today, floating in alcohol! The Toronto Star ran this fascinating story earlier this week.
World Youth Day in Panama is about five months away and the organizers of the big event have just released the name of the main performer of the WYD anthem. It turns out that Nico Fernández, Argentinian singer-songwriter will have that honour. Check it out.
One last thing I wanted to share with you this week. It's about a new way to make donations to feed the hungry much easier for you using your mobile phone . The app is called SharetheMeal. It was created by the World Food Program and allows you to make small donations: $.40 to feed a child for a day. Check out the details here and download it on to your iPhone or Android device. Rome Reports has the story below
Well, that's all that I have for you this Friday afternoon. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. Be sure to check back with us next Friday for more.
Also be sure to catch all the latest Catholic news and stories from around the world on Perspectives Daily. The show airs on the network Monday to Friday at 7pm Eastern or you can catch the latest episodes online here.
We'll see you next week.

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