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Study questions the power of prayer, but not belief

In Brian Mann's report yesterday on faith healing in a Saranac Lake Episcopal Church, he noted a recent report in The American Heart Journal that showed that intercessory prayer had no impact on the health of patients undergoing heart surgery. It was a widely awaited study that was supposed to be more scientifically rigorous than previous studies. But one of its co-authors says the implications of the report have been exaggerated. Father Dean Marek is director of chaplain services at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He told Gregory Warner the study dealt specifically with the power of intercessory prayer by strangers. But a sense of faith or religious conviction, he says, has been shown to have a healing power.  Go to full article
Nigel Mumford healing. Photo: Susan Collins
Nigel Mumford healing. Photo: Susan Collins

Faith and healing in a North Country church

Every week in churches across the North Country, people gather to pray for miracles. The idea that faith can heal broken bodies and cure disease isn't just found in evangelical congregations. More main-line Protestants -- and even some physicians -- are experimenting with prayer as a form of therapy. Brian Mann attended a healing session at an Episcopal Church in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

Web only: more from Mumford on faith and doubt

Reverend Nigel Mumford is an Episcopal priest and author of "Hand to Hand, From Combat to Healing." Mumford was a British Royal Marine who fought in northern Ireland. After joining the ministry, he wrote a book called "Hand to Hand, From Combat To Healing." Mumford now leads a healing retreat in Gaylordsville, Connecticut. He sat down and spoke with Brian about his faith, the process of healing, and the doubts he faces in his ministry and within his own church.  Go to full article

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