From the Feel Good Archives, check out this video of a baby elephant who jumps into a river to “save” her trainer. Kham Lha is the youngest elephant at the National Park in Thailand. In the video, her trainer is floating down a river and the elephant takes matters into her own hands(or trunk). It’s pretty awesome to see that love can cross the spectrum of human to animals. Happy Wednesday everybody!
Pope Francis had a busy Sunday at the Vatican. Yesterday, from St. Peter’s Basilica, four priests, two martyrs, and a mystic nun were declared saints of the Catholic Church.
Argentine pastoral priest Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, Spanish bishop Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, Italians Father Lodovico Pavoni and Alfonso Maria Fusco were the four priests who each had a monumental impact in developing the Catholic faith in their respective countries.
Salomone Leclerq was killed during the French Revolution while a member of a religious order in France. Jose Sanchez del Rio was the other martyr who was shot dead at the young age of 14 while opposing the anti-Catholic regime in Mexico.
The mystic nun was Elizabeth Catez. She was a French nun who went by Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity who died from a rare adrenal glad disorder.
These seven new saints now join the list of more than 10,000 saints of the Catholic Church. To be considered for canonization, one has to perform at least two miracles and now they can intercede with God in Heaven to perform miracles. During the canonization mass, Pope Francis said that all seven had a, “generous and steadfast heart.”
You can read the entire story and check out more pictures from the canonization mass here.
In 1791, the United States was celebrating eight years of independence from Great Britain, George Washington was entering his second year of presidency, and St. Mary’s Seminary opened it’s doors for classes. 225 years ago, on October 3rd, in Baltimore, Maryland, the first Catholic seminary in the United States began classes with a mere five seminarians enrolled (talk about a good student to teacher ratio!). The seminary moved to Roland Park in 1929 and then saw the original site close in 1969. The original chapel is the only part of the original seminary still standing.
1160 AM WMET would like to send our utmost congratulations Our Lady of Victory School for being named a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!” The Catholic school located in Northwest Washington, D.C. became the first school in D.C. to win the prestigious award more than once.
Our Lady of Victory has exceeded the academic requirements in reading and math and as a result, the school is ranked among the top 15% of schools in the nation. They received their first recognition in 2007.
The U.S. Department of Education recognized 329 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016 nationwide.
According to the Catholic News Agency, Pope Francis offered advice for those struggling with grief or anguish. Using the story of Job and the responsorial psalm, “Let my prayer come before you, Lord,” he said to avoid pills, alcohol, or avoidance, and instead respond by putting it to prayer. Instead, he referenced Job who prayed hard and implored God to listen.
‘“It is a prayer to knock at the door but with strength!” Pope Francis stated. “Our Lord himself taught us how to pray in these dreadful moments.”’
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