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Preview: Iowa Catholic school students help peers in Africa one sole at a time


Students at Spalding Catholic School in Granville traced, cut and put fabric pieces in sets, but they weren't busy with some elaborate art project.

They were participating in a shoe-cutting party to benefit African children through the Sole Hope project, whose main goal is to provide closed-toe shoes so jiggers do not cause foot-related diseases.

Jiggers burrow into feet and lay eggs that multiply and damage tissue, causing pain and infections that may lead to amputation and even death.

Possible acceleration of Oscar Romero's sainthood cause creates mixed emotions


Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.

The news is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans.

Supporters of the cause for Romero's canonization have been frustrated for years by what they view as a stalled effort.

Preview: Serving by steering


As a volunteer driver, Bob Bates has the opportunity to provide car rides for those who can't drive themselves. A veteran of the airline industry for 30 years, Bates now serves as a driver for Jewish Elder Transportation (JET) Express, a volunteer driver program and a service for adults offered by Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City. JET Express uses volunteers to provide door-to-door transportation for adults ages 65 or older, regardless of religious affiliation. (According to Bates, JET Express drivers can be of any religious denomination as well.)

You are my beloved!


Today, the community of believers in Jesus gathers to remember and celebrate his baptism. There at the Jordan, John clarified his role as precursor of Jesus. The baptism given by John was preparatory for the baptism that Jesus would bring: John's was with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. There at the Jordan, Jesus was identified as "my beloved Son," and from that moment on, he would be the living Word and Wisdom of God. In all his words and in all his works, Jesus would make known to sinners the love and mercy of God.

Did Mario Cuomo pave way for today's dissenters?


Amid the sweeping tributes for former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo following his death on Jan. 1 at 82, some of the loudest praise is coming from liberal Catholics for the brand of moral and political seriousness that Cuomo brought to public life. The reaction was understandable: Cuomo, whose son Andrew was sworn in for his second term as the state's governor the same day as his father's death, was the Democratic Party's most engaging defender of classic liberal policies and an eloquent promoter of Catholic social justice teachings.



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