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EDMONTON – Palliative care funding and resources languish because society is too afraid to face its own mortality.
"Death is inevitable," said Joe Comartin. "Society must see its way through to talk about it. There is a need for discussion about the end of life."
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The unusual and somewhat mysterious gestation process of Vatican documents came into the spotlight recently, thanks to a controversial white paper on economic justice.
In essence, critics of the document – which called for a global authority to curb the excesses of financial markets – speculated that its authors had done an "end run" to avoid the pre-publication scrutiny of top Vatican officials.
Two years after her release from a 15-month ordeal at the hands of Somali gunmen, Amanda Lindhout looks nothing like a person held for ransom under oppressive conditions that included torture and beatings.
"The challenge that I face whenever I share my story is that there are so few remaining visible reminders of the abuse and defamation that I suffered not long ago that people often have a hard time reconciling my image today with the reality of what I survived," Lindhout admits.
Elizabeth Leenheer used to think that rather than using rats for testing, scientists should use criminals instead.
Today Leenheer is a changed woman, full of compassion, love and forgiveness. Her life was transformed by murder – a violent murder her brother Matthew committed just over three years ago.
It's a cool autumn night, and Robert Kinghorn begins his downtown ministry as night falls on Jarvis Street in downtown Toronto. Amid the hustle and bustle of night life near a local hamburger joint, Kinghorn stands out sporting a white Roman collar.
But here on these streets, Kinghorn, the deacon with a background in prison ministry, seems at ease.
NAIROBI, KENYA -– Normally, Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Parish in the Kariobangi slum is an energetic celebration that runs for several hours.
But when the pastor, Comboni Father Paulino Mondo, noticed parishioners were starting to faint before Mass ended, he realized it wasn't exuberance that was making them weak. It was hunger.
Rapt silence envelopes the cloud of children sitting at the feet of Father Dean Dowle.
A piece of incense is clasped in each child's hand.
"Don't eat it!" warns an adult voice as one youngster brings the black piece of plant material suffused with aromatic oils up to his nose.
SASKATOON – Food is not just about nutrients: it is about relationships, power and our connection to the earth, said the keynote speaker at a diocesan conference Nov. 5.
Dr. Nettie Wiebe, farmer, author and professor at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan, gave an overview of the food system during What's On Your Plate?, a conference organized through the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace.
Two Canadian reports released in mid-November highlight the grave moral crisis facing Western society. First came the report of a committee of the Royal Society of Canada advocating the legalization of euthanasia, even for cases in which there has been no diagnosis of terminal illness.
The Royal Society report was followed two days later by that of a parliamentary committee calling for more effective palliative care, suicide prevention and elder abuse intervention across the land.
I doubt that any of us would have the raw courage to preach this, just as it is written in the Gospels, from any pulpit today. Yet Jesus meant it. Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.
Now there's a whole series of challenges in this.