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Preview: Anointing of the sick fosters awareness of the ill in our midst


Most people associate the sacrament of anointing of the sick with a priest visiting a dying person in a hospital bed.

But the sacrament goes beyond this typical concept. According to the Catholic church's 1983 instruction on the sacrament, the optimal place to receive the rite is during Mass itself, when church members can participate. There is also room for interpretation as to who can and should receive the sacrament.

Bones of contention: Catholic dioceses fight over Fulton Sheen's body


In life, Archbishop Fulton Sheen was exceptional, a riveting Catholic preacher on radio who outpolled star comedian Milton Berle in the early days of television, winning two Emmys and a following that was the envy of Bible-thumping Protestants.

After his death in 1979, it was no surprise that Sheen would be pushed for sainthood. But now two bishops have clashed in an unusual public dispute over who holds claim to Sheen's body: the New York archdiocese, where he is buried, or the diocese of Peoria, Ill., where he was raised and ordained.

Preview: Theologian returns from missionary work in Africa with new perspectives


Returning from five years of teaching in Africa, theologian Ann Riggs says that missionary work is "an opportunity and location for us to become what we were created to be."

Riggs, who returned to the U.S. in July after teaching college students in Kenya, is a new professor of pastoral studies at Loyola University Chicago.

During her missionary work as the principal, or president, at Friends Theological College, she learned more about the importance of cultural dimensions and perceptions, and plans on bringing her new perspective to her students at Loyola.

Bishop Nevins, founding bishop of Venice, Fla., dies at 82


A funeral Mass was planned for Wednesday for retired Bishop John J. Nevins of Venice, the founding bishop of the diocese.

Nevins, 82, died Aug. 26 in his home in Venice. He had been in declining health.

A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., he was ordained a priest of the Miami archdiocese in 1959 after studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned a master's degree, and The Catholic University of America in Washington.


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October 9-22, 2015


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