Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Healthy, Lo-cal Pizza

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2010

IMG_6593Since we have been keeping healthy, staying slim and running — eating plays a big part. I especially have to work to keep the genetic curses under control: blood pressure, cholesterol, and high glucose (thanks mom and dad!).

So we have learned to cut out junk food, processed foods, and animal fats to a large degree. However, healthy foods can be delicious and nutritious with a minimum of animal fats, processed foods, etc.

For example, look at this pizza I made tonight. Made with 100% whole wheat “flat out bread” at only 100 calories per piece. On top of that some simple tomato paste and some 2% reduced fat pizza cheese. Then mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and spinach. You can even put on bacon bits or ground turkey.

Put that in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes and voila! — just as good as you can get in a restaurant! But, it is lo-cal, healthy, with vegetables, fiber, vitamins and is it ever good!

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Number of Catholics on the Rise

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2010

Vatican Releases Statistical Yearbook

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 27, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican announced today that its publishing house has released a new edition of the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, comprising information from 2000 to 2008, including that the number of Catholics in the world is now 1.16 billion.

Over these nine years, the Catholic presence in the world has grown from 1.045 billion in 2000 to 1.166 billion in 2008, an increase of 11.54%. Considering the statistics in detail, numbers in Africa grew by 33%, in Europe they remained generally stable (an increase of 1.17%), while in Asia they increased by 15.61%, in Oceania by 11.39% and in America by 10.93%. As a percentage of the total population, European Catholics represented 26.8% in 2000 and 24.31% in 2008. In America and Oceania they have remained stable, and increased slightly in Asia.

The number of bishops in the world went up from 4,541 in 2000 to 5,002 in 2008, an increase of 10.15%.

The number of priests also increased slightly over this nine-year period, passing from 405,178 in 2000 to 409,166 in 2008, an overall rise of 0.98%. In Africa and Asia their numbers increased (respectively, by 33.1% and 23.8%); in the Americas they remained stable, while they fell by 7% in Europe and 4% in Oceania.

The number of diocesan priests increased by 3.1%, going from 265,781 in 2000 to 274,007 in 2008. By contrast, the number of regular priests showed a constant decline, down by 3.04% to 135,159 in 2008. Of the continents, only Europe showed a clear reduction in priests: in 2000 they represented 51% of the world total, in 2008 just 47%. On the other hand, Asia and Africa together represented 17.5% of the world total in 2000 and 21.9% in 2008. The Americas slightly increased its percentage to around 30% of the total.

Non-ordained religious numbered 55,057 in the year 2000 and 54,641 in 2008. Comparing this data by continent, Europe showed a strong decline (down by 16.57%), as did Oceania (22.06%); the Americas remained stable, while Asia and Africa grew (by 32% and 10.47%, respectively).

Female religious are almost double the number of priests, and 14 times that of non-ordained male religious, but their numbers are falling, from 800,000 in 2000 to 740,000 in 2008. As for their geographical distribution, 41% reside in Europe, 27.47% in America, 21.77% in Asia and 1.28% in Oceania. The number of female religious has increased in the most dynamic continents: Africa (up by 21%) and Asia (up by 16%).

The Statistical Yearbook of the Church also includes information on the number of philosophy and theology students in diocesan and religious seminaries. In global terms, their numbers increased from 110,583 in 2000 to more than 117,024 in 2008. In Africa and Asia their numbers went up, whereas Europe saw a reduction.

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A Primer on Ordination Blessings and Indulgences

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2010

From my friend and Canon Lawyer Edward Peters:

A few questions related to ordinations always seem to surface about this time of year. Below are four (well, actually, five) points on blessings and indulgences related to ordinations that might be useful to recall. Click here.

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