OCTOBER 27, 2011 Volume LXXXV • Number 48 www.evangelist.org
WORLD YOUTH DAY
Local Authors, Local Books
Teens from Warren and Washington Counties report from their own World Youth Day celebration: Page 20
New books on a World War II soldier and a Lake George retreat house have local connections: Pages 10-11
T H E O F F I C I A L P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E D I O C E S E O F A L B A N Y NEW TECHNOLOGY
Diocese unveils interactive map One click will now get you to an interactive map of facilities and services of the Albany Diocese. In unveiling the map Oct. 20, diocesan officials noted that the 14-county Albany Diocese may be the only diocese in the country to offer such a service. To create the map, the Diocese worked with JIMAPCO, a locally-based map-maker. Users of the web map can click on local Catholic parishes, schools, cemeteries and other Church-operated facilities to get data about them and contact information. The map is available at the diocesan website, www. rcda.org.
A SCREENSHOT of the map, showing parishes of the Diocese.
PUMPKINS IN THE PARK
Catholics react to Gadhafi’s death
ST. MARY’S PARISH in Oneonta sponsored a “pumpkins in the park” fundraiser for the parish food pantry last weekend that featured all kinds of Halloween fun in Wilbur Park — including, at right, three-year-old Cahner Brunswick’s attempt to bite an apple without using his hands during a game.
BY DOREEN ABI RAAD
C AT H O L I C N E WS S E RV I C E
At left, five-year-old Hailey George-Jameson decorates a pumpkin; below, 15-month-old Landon Weaver makes his pumpkin choice. For more photos, see page 3.
NATE WHITCHURCH PHOTOS
Beirut — Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region. “Gadhafi brutalized people for 42 years. He lived by the sword and, therefore, it’s not surprising that he would die by the sword,” said Habib Malik, associate professor of history at the Lebanese American University, Byblos campus. “The manner of his death was gruesome and, no matter how evil a person might have been, such an ending is never something to rejoice about; however, he is now dead and his people are justifiably relieved and hopeful about starting a new chapter in their history,” he said. Malik, a Lebanese Catholic, recalled Gadhafi’s role at the outset of the Lebanese war in 1975. “He sent mercenaries and snipers to Beirut as well as to Christian coastal towns, where they murdered scores of innocent civilians, and he made many outrageous statements at the time against Lebanon’s Christians,” said Malik, author of the 2010 book “Islamism and the Future of the Christians of the CATHOLICS REACT TO GADHAFI’S DEATH, SEE PAGE 13