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Issue Date:  March 5, 2004


LaTrice McBee, a St. Louis Catholic, is featured in the February 2004 issue of Ebony magazine as one of its “30 leaders who are under 30.” The magazine cites McBee’s “passion for working in the community” as a member of the St. Louis archdiocese’s committee for the National Black Catholic Congress and as co-chair of the Bowman Francis Harambee Bakijana Young Adult Ministry. McBee works as a team manager and process engineer with the Dial Corp. in St. Louis. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where she cofounded the Vanderbilt Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

Oded Golan, the antiquities collector who claimed to have the James ossuary -- the burial box of Jesus’ brother -- in his possession, has been publicly accused of leading an international counterfeiting ring. They say Golan has been producing and selling fake “antiquities” to private collectors and museums for more than a decade. Members of the Jerusalem police and the Israel Antiquities Authority made the accusations during a 50-minute television documentary prepared by journalists on the investigative news program “Ouvda” (“Fact”). But police have filed no formal criminal charges against Golan and he has continued to insist on his innocence.

Bishop Kenneth E. Untener of Saginaw, Mich., will soon be undergoing treatment for myelodysplasic syndrome, a life-threatening form of leukemia. The bishop, 66, announced that he found out Feb. 10 that he has the disease, which means his bone marrow cannot produce blood cells effectively and many of the blood cells that are formed are defective. He is still conferring with his doctors and his treatment has not been finalized. While Untener is away undergoing treatment, Fr. Thomas E. Sutton, vicar for administration, will direct the day-to-day operations of the diocese.

Divine Word Fr. Marian Zalazek, 86, a Polish missionary to India for more than 50 years and Nazi concentration camp survivor who has worked among people with Hansen’s disease, has been nominated for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Captured by the Nazis while he was a Divine Word novice, Zalazek was imprisoned at Dachau between May 1940 and April 1945. He was ordained in 1948 and sent to India two years later.


National Catholic Reporter, March 5, 2004

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