NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1977
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(Studio) Despite skepticism, faith healing garners rapidly growing interest. Roman Catholic priest in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, believes he and faith are instrument of healing.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) Report on ministry of Reverend Ralph DiOrio. [DiORIO - recalls work with poor and sick in Ontario, Canada.] DiOrio is charismatic priest; not all he blesses get well, but there have been enough instances of mysteriously recovered health to confuse skeptics. [WOMAN - cites experience with priest and knows she's healed.] Charismatic movement is fastest growing movement in Catholic Church; details noted. [DiORIO - cites reasons he believes movement is catching on so fast.] Reporter notes numbers of people coming to DiOrio's church. [DiORIO - cites exs. of miracles that have occurred.] [Dr. Theodore ROSEN - notes he is physician and that wife Dorothy's bursitis was instantly cured from being at DiOrio's service. Also cites example of own patient who was in wheelchair and was cured. Has no answers for it.]
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy