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Dogs trained to detect prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy

Hopes that man’s best friend can help medics detect prostate cancer have been boosted by research suggesting that trained German shepherd dogs can sniff out the chemicals linked to the disease from urine samples with remarkable accuracy. The reliability rate reported by an Italy-based team in the Journal of Urology comes from the latest of several studies stretching back decades and raises the prospect of canines’ sense of smell helping doctors identify a number of human cancers and infectious diseases.


Good News

Dog & Owner Reunited After Horrific Tornado

A spark of hope visited a grieving Fairdale family Saturday afternoon in the form of a missing pet. Missy, a white German shepherd, returned to her family after she went missing following the deadly tornado Thursday. The dog belonged to Fairdale resident Geraldine “Geri” Schultz, who died in the storm.


In the News

World’s Deadliest Walkway Set To Reopen

Camino del rey-Spain: The Caminito Del Rey – known as the world’s “deadliest walkway” is located on the steep walls of a gorge in Ardales, near Malaga in Spain.  It has been been partially closed since 2001 after five people fell to their deaths in less than two years.


Picture of the Week

Endangered pink freshwater Amazon Dolphin.

It was previously listed as a vulnerable species by the IUCN due to pollution, overfishing, excessive boat traffic, and habitat loss, but in 2011 it was changed to data deficient due to a lack of current information about threats, ecology, and population numbers and trends.

Ask Susi

Pope Francis has been in the news lately, as global media wipes the egg off their face crediting him with a remark given by Pope Paul VI regarding animals in heaven. TV morning shows marveled at the fact that any Pope would even believe such, stating that Catholic theology doesn’t believe animals go to heaven. I know that I’ve been told by my priest that animals don’t go to heaven. Does our Catholic faith teach that animals don’t go to heaven?

Susi answers with a special column on, Of Popes And Animals


Susi Weekly Column

WELCOME TO FLORIDA! Where we kill our natives

~by Susi Pittman

Yes we do. And what a shame and a “sham” the reasons are for the kill.


Catholic Journeyman

Attracting Attention

Parkinson’s Disease mean getting to know your doctors and health care facilities in an intimate way. It also means facing the public with courage and fortitude.


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

The heart of a poet finds respite in her work.


Book of the Month-April

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, by James Bowen.

~Review by Michele Gregoire

It’s been on the Best Sellers List in England for 52 weeks and is already topping the charts in 26 other countries. Michele has a great book review for you this month.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Saunters with God in Nature

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys

A loving father begets a daughter who loves her Father.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Illinois Towns Turn To Clean-Up After Total Destruction

The strongest tornado of eight to hit Illinois on Thursday, classified as an EF-4 by the National Weather Service, whirled winds up to 200 mph, leaving behind a trail of shattered homes and barns while littering farm fields with clothing, trash, construction equipment and pulverized trees across at least four counties.

“They’re digging through what is left of their homes and salvaging anything they can,” said Lisa La Sala, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois, who was visiting damaged communities Sunday. “They want to get to their things and we want to make sure they have a safe place to stay. … It’s difficult to see the struggles and what they’re going through.”


Weekly Commentary

Look After Your Ageing Pet Well—by Liza Schneider

(New Zealand Herald)

As animals age, their ability to maintain health and vitality becomes limited and growing old gracefully can be a challenge. A great contributing factor to the ageing process is free-radical damage. Free radicals are produced by the body’s natural metabolic processes through various chemical reactions or they might be introduced into the body as toxins from food or environmental sources.


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Geology and Archaeology

The “Door to Hell”

More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap. The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns today, a surreal feature in an otherwise barren landscape. Details on the origin of the sinkhole are sketchy, but the story goes that Soviet scientists set it on fire to burn off noxious gases after the ground under a drilling rig gave way. Perhaps the scientists underestimated the amount of fuel that lay below—Turkmenistan has the sixth largest natural gas reserves in the world.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, president and copublisher of ACTA Publications, is the author or editor of ten books, including Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job, which has sold more than twenty thousand copies and won two awards from the Catholic Press Association. He is a former president of the National Center for the Laity, a founder of Business Executives for Economic Justice, and a leader in United Power for Action and Justice. Pierce is a popular national speaker using his sense of humor regarding his own spiritual journey to delight and inspire audiences.

Pierce graduated first in his class at Maryknoll College in 1969 and is the 2000 recipient of the Hillenbrand Award for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He resides in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Kathy. They are the parents of three adult children.

In his book, The Mass Is Never Ended reminds readers of the meaning of the Mass and urges Catholics not to lose sight of its purpose during our everyday lives. Pierce outlines the basics of a spirituality of work, leaving readers with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and wisdom of the Mass.


Quote of the Week

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.

~Jacques Boularan~

(Pseudonym Jacque Deval)

Discovering Our Catholic Saints

Saint Gertrude the Great


NASA wants your favorite picture on planet Earth

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking you to share pictures and video of your favorite places on Earth using social media—and tag them #NoPlaceLikeHome. At NASA, we explore lots of planets and there’s a lot to love: the mountains on Mars, the rings of Saturn, the 99.77-degree axial tilt of Uranus. But how about a little something for the home team? It’s Earth Day. Let’s explore our home planet, too.


Looking for Sustainability

Orange is the new sustainable Beer

Redlands, California, a city about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, features boulevards lined with palm trees and lots of orange groves. And for Hangar 24, Redlands’ growing craft brewery that sold 37,000 barrels last year (31 gallons equals one barrel), the oranges are its reason for being. Opened in 2008, the majority of the brewery’s sales come from Orange Wheat, a refreshing, slightly cloudy beer with real (not artificial) orange flavor from the local crop of Valencias and navels.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Bird Flu spreading among poultry farms in Midwest

A bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the strain of avian influenza in the flock of 34,000 turkeys in Kingsburg County, South Dakota, which sits between Huron and Brookings. The flock is located within the Central flyway where the strain has previously been found.


Steward Alerts

Catholic News Agency

The Catholic News Agency has a new app you can download and stay in touch with all the latest news in our Catholic World.


Steward Activities

Earth Day 2015 Approacheth–A Catholic Look

Care for creation is an ancient Catholic concern that has taken on renewed urgency in recent decades. Catholics are examining their faith-related responsibility to protect the environment. Earth Day and the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi share the goal of protecting the environment and all of God’s creation.


Environmental Education

The Politics of Drinking Water

Most Americans take cheap, safe drinking water for granted. Globally, one out of 10 people can’t access clean water. Some 1,400 children die each day from water-related diseases. Unless there’s a spill or equipment failure, these numbers exclude U.S. residents. Across the 50 states, 155,000 public water systems treat, filter, and deliver 100 gallons per person per day, all for the low cost of less than 1 cent per gallon. Contaminant-free drinking water hasn’t always been part of the American experience. Until the early 1900s, shared public cups accompanied most drinking fountains. Cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, and food poisoning from coliform bacteria—all potentially fatal—spread from mouth to cup and back again.


Youth Stewardship

WEN & Friends Employ Youth Stewards of Public Lands

Once in awhile the stars align and last summer the stars aligned for the Watershed Education Network to realize a long-awaited dream of not just getting young people out to their rivers and landscape, but also employing them. We imagined them – high school students – as summer crew. The Watershed Education Network’s proposed project to hire youth for water monitoring aligned beautifully with Lolo National Forest’s work projects on their landscape. So, last summer two conservation crews were funded to engage high school age youth and young adults in federal lands conservation projects.



The Chicadee’s Guide to Gardening–by Douglas W. Tallamy

I GREW up thinking little of plants. I was interested in snakes and turtles, then insects and, eventually, birds. Now I like plants. But I still like the life they create even more. Plants are as close to biological miracles as a scientist could dare admit. After all, they allow us, and nearly every other species, to eat sunlight, by creating the nourishment that drives food webs on this planet. As if that weren’t enough, plants also produce oxygen, build topsoil and hold it in place, prevent floods, sequester carbon dioxide, buffer extreme weather and clean our water. Considering all this, you might think we gardeners would value plants for what they do. Instead, we value them for what they look like.


Wellness & Nutrition

Bufo Toads Are Toxic To Our Pets

“If [pets] get exposed to it, the chemical actually goes across the mucus membranes or in their mouth and they paw their mouths – it can get into their system very rapidly and cause seizures, coma or death.”



NASA’s GoPro footage taken by Astronauts

NASA has released incredible point-of-view footage taken by astronauts on spacewalks of the International Space Station. Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore and flight engineer Terry Virts recorded three spacewalks, known as Extra Vehicular Activities, on GoPro cameras outside the ISS on February 25 and March 1. The spacewalks were in preparation for the arrival of multibillion pound commercial spacecraft, which Nasa hope will be in operation by 2017.



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