During the 80’s, the Radio Advertising Bureau had a campaign in which it intoned, “Radio is red hot because it works.” Now, a report commissioned by an Italian judge says Vatican Radio is red hot, too — with cancer-causing radiation emanating from its towers. This contradicts a 2001 report that showed no connection between radiation from the broadcaster’s antennae and child leukemia rates in the area. In reply to the latest findings, the Vatican said it would provide its own report.
Healing for arthritis sufferers: Aug. 1 is traditionally observed as the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists and an arthritis sufferer. Even though that date is on a Sunday this year, parishes and retreat houses staffed by Redemptorists are encouraged by their leadership to hold a “Blessing for Arthritics” in honor of this doctor of the church. Because it already has a major meeting planned that day, the Redemptorist Retreat House in Oconomowoc will not be holding the blessing.
Sunshine in the form of sausage: While the Germanfest 5K run to benefit St. Ben’s Meal Program scheduled for the evening of July 22 had to be canceled due to the weather, Usinger’s is still donating two pounds of sausage to the meal program for each of the 1,776 people who registered for the event. Had organizers gone ahead with the event Thursday night, it definitely would have become a 5K swim.
More reading ‘n’ stuff: The inaugural issue of Catholic Herald eNews goes out later this afternoon. If you are not among the 2,400 people signed up to receive it, sign up now at chnonline@archmil.org
Food for thought: July 29 is National Lasagna Day; July 30 is Cheesecake Day. Since my wife bakes great lasagna and fantastic cheesecake, I trust she will want to give these holy days their due.