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Not THAT Touchdown Jesus

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The RNS headline caught my attention: "Touchdown Jesus burns to the ground." Oh, no! Was the entire Notre Dame Library with its "Word of Life" mosaic--nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" because of Jesus' outstretched hands and ND's football tradition--destroyed?

Turns out it was just a rather ugly 62-foot plastic foam and fiberglass statue of Jesus, called "King of Kings," outside a Protestant church near Cincinnati, that was struck by lightening.

God has spoken.

CUA's New President Makes His Debut

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Professor John Garvey, currently the Dean of the Law School at Boston College, was introduced to the Catholic University community this morning as the 15th President of CUA. More than a hundred faculty, staff and students filled a large room to welcome Garvey who was introduced by his predecessor, Bishop-elect David M.O'Connell and Archbishop Alan Vingeron, chairman of the CUA Board.

Archbishop Vigneron called Garvey "an accomplished jurist, scholar and teacher" and said that of all the candidates, he appeared to the Board as the one most able to carry forth the university's mission of uniting faith and reason. Vingeron also addressed the issue of why the selection committee had not chosen a cleric. "Another synonym for cleric is churchman," Vigneron said at press conference before the meeting with the CUA community. "While Professor Garvey is not a churchman, he is a man of the Church."

Jackie Kennedy and the archbishop

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This from Religion News Service:

Retired archbishop dishes on Kennedy in new memoir

Retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan has produced a new memoir that casts light on parts of his 71-year career -- including a rare look into Jackie Kennedy's private grief in the first weeks after her husband's assassination.

In The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots, Hannan, 97, publishes a handwritten personal note addressed to him from an anguished young widow less than a month after her husband's death.

Anti-Guantanamo protesters acquitted in DC court

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A District of Columbia judge today acquitted 24 peace activists who had been charged in January with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly while protesting the detention of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

According to defendant Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan said the prosecution failed to show that the group’s activities threatened a breach of the peace.

The activists, all of whom represented themselves with the assistance of “attorney advisors,” engaged in two actions Jan. 21 in separate groups, one on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and a second inside the Capitol Rotunda. Those outside, dressed in orange jump suits and black hoods, carried signs and called out the names of those imprisoned in Guanatanamo. The group inside the Rotunda chanted and prayed while strewing rose petals, according to the defendants and a police report.

New President at CUA

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The Catholic University of America will be announcing its new president at a press conference tomorrow morning. A source tells NCR that the CUA Board selected John Garvey, currently Dean of the Law School at Boston College. Garvey will take over the leadership of the nation's only pontifical university from Bishop-elect David M. O'Connell who will be ordained Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton on July 30.

President Obama on Video: 'I especially want to thank Sr. Carol Keehan'

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In a video presented at the Catholic Health Association Meeting today in Denver, President Obama praised the group for their assistance in passage of the health care reform legislation that "protects your longstanding beliefs."

The president's comments can be found about eight minutes in to the video.

Obama, Casey laud Catholic Health Association

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Denver, Colorado -- In a video tribute played during the annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association this morning, President Barack Obama lauded the association for its “help and courage in passing health care reform.”

tObama also praised Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, for “the extraordinary leadership she’s shown in advancing our national discussion.”

As plans for KC nuke plant advance, feds admit toxic contamination

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Five days before a planned rally and conference in opposition to a major nuclear weapons manufacturing center in Kansas City, Mo., organizers have received help for their cause from an unexpected source: the federal government.

Speaking to the local NBC news affiliate June 11, the regional administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), Jason Klumb, admitted that the Bannister Federal Complex has in the past been responsible for the leak of a dangerous toxin called beryllium.

“We got it wrong, and we're going to get it right,” said Klumb. “We're going to find it and we're going to bring in an outside expert and pay them on a contract basis to go through everything to tell us exactly what we've got.”

The Bannister Federal Complex is located about 13 miles south of downtown Kansas City, Mo. and currently houses what is known as the Kansas City Plant, a major nuclear weapons manufacturing center responsible for the production and assembly of approximately 85 percent of the non-nuclear components of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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