Here's the list and the story from the Chicago Tribune.
A walk through the produce section of a supermarket might leave you thinking we can have all kinds of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables year-round,at least until you actually bite into that January strawberry from South America.
These days, most produce in supermarkets comes from California, Florida, and other states with longer growing seasons, or is shipped in from other countries thousands of miles away. This is true even in the spring, summer, and fall, when local fruits and vegetables are available.
In order to survive journeys of over a thousand miles, most produce comes from varieties that have been bred for durability rather than flavor and nutrition. Most produce is also picked before it's truly ripe because ripe fruits and vegetables are more easily damaged in transit and rot more quickly. Unripe produce, however,hasn't yet reached its peak of flavor and nutrient content. Moreover, fruits and vegetables begin losing nutrients as soon as they're harvested, so more time spent in transit means less nutritious food.
The headline reads: Tell bishops "to get the hell out of our cathedral," says writer. The story in the Irish Independent is about writer Robert Blair Kaiser, known to many NCR readers, a long time church writer who covered the Second Vatican Council for Time magazine.
Kaiser is never one to overly engage in subtleties, but this piece catches him at an especially fiery moment, a speech he gave at a conference in Ireland. Kaiser said he was not attacking the faith, but rather the "special and corrosive tyranny that popes have been exercising over Catholics everywhere".
I am appalled by the crazed rhetoric coming from people who oppose the construction of that Islamic Cultural Center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York. It is ill-informed and often inflammatory. On the part of many candidates for office, it is nothing more than a blatant attempt to exploit ignorance and fear of Islam to get votes.
And although a lot of ink has been spilled on both sides of this controversy, there is one factor I have not heard mentioned. The United States -- as a result of an act of Congress -- has an official Commission on International Religious Freedom. Every year, its members assess and grade the state of religious freedom in other countries around the world, with severe criticism aimed at several every year. Many of those criticized annually are predominantly Muslim nations.
If we were to prevent construction of this Islamic Center, how could we dare to stand in judgment of the rest of the world when it comes to religious freedom? We would be hypocrites of the first order. And in one act, this would undermine all our efforts to build positive relations with the Muslim world.
I spent some time recently reporting a story in the Kensington area of North Philadelphia (gunshots are heard often, residents say, and two men were shot the night I was there across the street from the house where I was staying) and had the opportunity one morning to meet Sr. Margaret McKenna.
She was conducting a Bible study that day for 20 or so addicts in various stages of rehabilitation, all part of the New Jerusalem Community, which she’s been running for the past 20 years. More on her and her work in the future. (In addition, she’s an award winning urban gardener and offered some wonderful home-made apple pie made with apples from a tree in her back yard.)
Have you seen this?
A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.
Could this become a significant source of revenue to Pennsylvania and West Virginia churches as the US tries to move beyond oil as its major of power? NCR's Rich Heffern recently had some thoughts on the subject.
I see that “Eat, Pray, Love” has attracted the ire of some Catholics who have expressed their dissatisfaction with its kiss off of our faith. I get the point. The movie tracks the story of a woman who sets out on a journey all across the world after it dawns upon her that she is not getting want she wants out of her life. And soon she is being told that God is everywhere and to look within.
I saw the move last night and, well, it is awful, full of forced melodrama, mid-age yet adolescent introspection, and cheap spirituality with a nod in the last minutes to any communal religious dimension whatsoever.