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Hudson1930Heidi Hetzer, 78, of Berlin, Germany on top of a 1930 Hudson that she’s driving around the world.

Photograph: Stephen Wise


PopeFrancisMedal3PopeFrancisMedal1The day before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in NYC, a machine dispensing Limited Edition Pope Francis Coins, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, ran out of coins or broke down, leaving his fans frustrated. But help soon arrived, with everyone getting their fill.

Someone asked the attendant if he would accept $1 for the $5 souvenir coin. He said “no”, but then gave it to the person for no charge.


SteubenParade2015eSteubenParade2015nSteubenParade2015Oktoberfest2015The 58th iteration of the German-American Steuben Parade, normally a fun-filled occasion of friendship, showed signs of strain — with no major corporate sponsors and fewer groups from Germany — perhaps a response to American foreign policy, particularly in Syria (“Assad must go”), and the Justice Department’s actions towards Volkswagen.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

UNPrayerService2015aUNPrayerService2015The traditional Prayer Service, ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, was held this evening at the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan. Attendees included Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of the Seventieth Session of the General Assembly, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.

“Let us join in prayer to give hope to the world.” Ban Ki-Moon

Having been to a number of these prayer services, one senses that Mr. Ban is appealing for greater truth, in and out of the UN, hoping religious leaders will move their communities to a fuller, more faithful, living out of their creeds—which should then lead to greater justice and peace in the world. And yet how often, even in religious circles, materialist ideologies, with their faux liberation, have replaced real theology as the guiding truth — and the refugees pile up.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

AromaBrazil3AromaBrazil4AromaBrazil2Members of a Mennonite Community, from Pennsylvania, enjoyed a recent meal at the new Aroma Brazil in Jackson Heights. The restaurant operates buffet style with chefs on hand for personalized meat selections. The food, including national favorite Feijoada, is healthful, tasty, and well prepared — at a great price. (73-13 Roosevelt Ave.)

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AAF6AAFAAF5AAF3The fair runs through September 13, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Photographs: Stephen Wise


EqualRights2EqualRights5One of the participants/advocates for equal rights to bare one’s chest, at the “Go Topless” Pride Parade, told LE she graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan,

At issue are the rights of topless women to work in Times Square, posing for pictures and tips, often times with young boys.

It seems that the institutions of higher learning in America are misleading and deforming their students regarding “the question of the relationship between the person and society, and the rights of the human person.” Jacques Maritain, The Rights of Man and Natural Law (Gordian, 1943)

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States declares that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of the law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Today in New York, people (especially children) are being denied equal protection from predators who are claiming equal rights.

Let us not say that the aim of society is the individual good or the mere aggregate of the individual goods of each of the persons who constitute it. Such a formula would dissolve society as such for the benefit of its parts, and would lead to an “anarchy of atoms.” Maritain


Stephen B. Wise


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