First Topic – Lost in Translation: Publisher Yanks Book Implying Vatican OKs Condoms / Vatican Announces Feast Day for Blessed John Paul II
The feast day of Blessed John Paul II will be marked Oct. 22 each year in Rome and the dioceses of Poland. When the Vatican made the announcement this week, it also said Catholics throughout the world will have a year to celebrate a Mass in thanksgiving for his beatification. Meanwhile, an Italian publisher has yanked copies of a book on Catholic Church teaching after a translation error implied the Vatican approved of contraception. Vatican correspondent Joan Lewis joins us to explain.
Second Topic – The 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster and it’s relevance to the current crisis in Japan
As we prepare to commemorate the Chernobyl disaster later this week, Japan has raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis to the highest, matching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, after increasing radiation prompted the government to widen the evacuation zone and aftershocks rocked the country. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the rating to 7. The accident at the Fukushima plant previously was rated a 5 on the global scale, the same as the 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. Dr. Alex Sich, the only U.S. scientist allowed access to the Chernobyl blast zone, joins us to remember Chernobyl and apply it to the current crisis in Japan.
Third Topic – The Patron Saints Handbook
Who was St. Genesius, and why is he the patron saint of actors? Why is St. Therese of Lisieux, who was a cloistered nun, the patron saint of missionaries? Is there a patron saint for automobile mechanics? How about for the athletes? Best-selling Catholic writer Mitch Finley answers these questions and more in a delightful book of one hundred saints and the occupations, groups, or causes they are associated with. In each short section, Finley describes the life of the saint and why he or she has been selected as a patron. Mitch is here to talk about these patron saints.