Religion News: Does God trump doctors when it comes to health?

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Mount Shasta Herald

Survey shows faith in God’s intervention

A recently published study reveals the prevalence of the belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients, and that doctors should be prepared to handle families maintaining faith.

According to wire reports, the survey of 1,000 adults found that more than half said God’s intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared that treatment would be useless.

Furthermore, when asked to imagine their own relatives being gravely ill or injured, nearly 20 percent of 774 doctors and other medical workers said God could reverse a hopeless outcome.

Church recognized for AIDS efforts

A Pennsylvania church has been honored for its commitment to helping AIDS patients in Kenya.

LCBC Church in Manheim, Penn., was selected among nearly 50 entries to receive the 2008 Courageous Leadership Award, a joint project of the Willow Creek Association and World Vision.

LCBC has concentrated its efforts on one territory of 28,000 people in Tseikuru, Kenya, and is sponsoring more than 2,000 children affected by AIDS and poverty. It was commended for offering hope and comfort to those struggling.

Survey Says

A series of surveys conducted between 2005 and 2007 found that less than 1 in 5 Chinese adults (ranging from 14 percent to 18 percent) say they are religiously affiliated. This would make China one of the least religiously affiliated countries in the world. In the United States, by contrast, more than 8 in 10 adults (83 percent) say they are religiously affiliated. -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Good Book?

“The Sacred Echo” by Margaret Feinberg.

“The Sacred Echo” challenges readers not to listen for the seemingly distant voice of God as much as to listen for the echo.

When God really wants to get your attention, he doesn’t just say something once, he echoes. He speaks through a Sunday sermon, a chance conversation with a friend the next day, and even a random e-mail.

The same theme, idea, impression, or lesson will repeat itself in surprising and unexpected ways until you realize that maybe, just maybe, God is at work. As God’s voice echoes to us, we are invited to echo back to him in prayer. We are invited to be persistent and tenacious not only in the things we ask but also in our desire for a relationship with him.

Get to Know … Joseph O'Callahan

Joseph Timothy O'Callahan (May 14, 1905 - March 18, 1964) was a Jesuit priest who would later be described as "the bravest man I ever saw" by his commanding officer on the aircraft carrier Franklin. O'Callahan was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.

Specializing in mathematics and physics in addition to religious philosophy, he was ordained in the Jesuit Order in 1934. He spent time teaching at Boston College, the Jesuit Seminary of Weston College and the College of Holy Cross. He was appointed Lieutenant, J.G., in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve on Aug. 7, 1940.

While in active service, O'Callahan reported aboard the USS Franklin on March 2, 1945, just 17 days before it was severely damaged by two bombs from a Japanese aircraft that attacked the carrier at dawn. Although wounded by one of the explosions after the attack, O'Callahan moved about the exposed and slanting flight deck administering the last rites to the dying, comforting the wounded, and leading officers and crewmen into the flames to carry hot bombs and shells to the edge of the deck for jettisoning. For his action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

O'Callahan returned to Holy Cross College in the fall of 1948 as a philosophy professor. He died in 1964 and is buried in the Jesuit cemetery on campus. His Medal of Honor resides in the archives at the college.

The Word

Tabernacle: From the Latin word "tabernaculum," which means a tent; it is a tent in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant during the Exodus; a Mormon temple; an early Methodist chapel; or a locked box on a Roman Catholic altar where the Host is stored. –

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Argentina

Roman Catholic: 92 percent (less than 20 percent practicing)

Protestant: 2 percent

Jewish: 2 percent

Other: 4 percent

- CIA Factbook

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