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September 4, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Altar wine?
In Iowa?

Nan Smith, co-owner of Stone Cliff Winery in Durango, Iowa, inspects this year's crop of grapes at the vineyard Aug. 9. Despite the worst drought in recent memory, Smith foresees a good crop, mostly because grape vines can thrive without much moisture. The company, one of the first wine producers in the state, supplies about seven churches with altar wine and is one of a growing number in Iowa that makes altar wine.
Dan Russo/cns

Cancer returns
For the second time in his 75 years, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago is facing the cross of cancer. Cardinal George, who fought bladder cancer in 2006, learned Aug. 17 that the disease has returned to his liver and kidney, said the Archdiocese of Chicago. "His doctors will work with the cardinal to plan a course of treatment," the archdiocese said.

Eagle Scout
Among the awards earned by Catholic Eagle Scout Michael Sherburne, 17, from the Boy Scouts of America are the Order of the Arrow sash, the Eagle Scout medal and badge, and the "Ad Altare Dei" ("to the altar of God") medal. Sherburne is among the more than 2.1 million Boy Scouts who have achieved the Eagle rank since its inception in 1912. He is pictured outside his parish church, St. Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Va.

Large bequest
Joseph Mitchell, nephew of American author Margaret Mitchell, left a multimillion dollar bequest to the Archdiocese of Atlanta that included a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to "Gone With the Wind," a collection of signed first editions of the novel and an unpublished history of the Mitchell family, handwritten by Margaret's father, Eugene Muse Mitchell. Joseph Mitchell died in October at 76.
HIV treatment
Jesuit Father Stephen Nzioki, program director of Uzima's self-help group, jokes with members at a center in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 25. "Uzima," or "life" in Swahili, one of Kenya's national languages, was founded by the Jesuit-run Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Kangemi in 2004. The women are being counseled and medically treated for HIV and working through the Catholic program.

Tom McCarthy Jr./cns

Brian Siemann/cns
Paralympians compete
Paralympian Brad Snyder, left, who was blinded by an improvised expolsive device when he served in Afghanistan, listens to instructions from Loyola University Maryland swim coach Brian Loeffler during a training session in Baltimore July 31. The 28-year-old Catholic is on the U.S. swim team competing in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Brian Siemann, right, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, N.J., will represent the United States in track and field at the 2012 Paralympic Games, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 9 in London.

Court blocks states

WASHINGTON — The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta blocked parts of Alabama's and Georgia's immigration-related laws, but allowed both states to keep their so-called "show me your papers" provisions. The same week, 10 employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement sued the Obama administration over a program launched Aug. 15 to defer deportation for some young adults who came to the United States as children.

Theft ruling

PHILADELPHIA — The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will spend the next two to seven years in state prison for embezzling more than $900,000 from the church over seven years. Common Pleas Court Judge Ellen Ceisler sentenced Anita Guzzardi, 44, to prison at a hearing Aug. 24 in Philadelphia on her third-degree felony conviction of theft by deception. Guzzardi will also serve seven years' probation on two other convictions, forgery and unlawful use of a computer.

Panel OKs funding

WASHINGTON — A three-judge federal appeals panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that the U.S. government can fund embryonic stem-cell research despite a federal ban on funding any research that harms or destroys human embryos. Chief Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the National Institutes of Health's interpretation of the Dickey-Wicker amendment was "reasonable" in permitting funding of embryonic stem-cell research using cells derived using private funds.

— Catholic News Service


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