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Western nations must resist the pressure to "scapegoat, abandon, even kill, the elderly as a cost-cutting measure," an Australian bishop said in a major bioethics lecture.
When Pilgrims Hospice opened its doors in January 2000, its goal was to help families, children and teens cope with the grief of a loved one who had either been diagnosed with or died from a terminal illness.
Children living in a squatters' area wait Sept. 21 for a free meal consisting of rice, chicken and vegetables.
To some, it might seem odd that Pope Benedict has inaugurated a Year of Faith, a "year" that began Oct. 11 and will end Nov. 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King. "Why would one need a year of faith?" one might ask. "Either you have faith or you don't."
There is a Norwegian proverb that reads: Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer. When I was a child in elementary school one of the stories assigned to us in our textbook for literature had that title and it told the story of a young boy who had fallen through the ice while skating and was left clinging, cold and alone, to the edge of the ice with no help in sight.
Our parish has a longstanding refugee committee on which I have served. The expulsion of those who became known as "boat people" from Vietnam in 1979-80 stirred parishioners to offer help. "Form a committee," they said.
Patriarch Maximos Saigh, head of the Melkite rite in Antioch, made his introduction to the Second Vatican Council by breaking a rule. Instead of speaking Latin as the rules required, the patriarch spoke unapologetically in French.
The bite of winter nips. Leaves are in plastic bags or piled on compost heaps. Bulbs tucked in the earth wait for spring. Winter jackets are dug out from the back of the closet. And mental notes are made to gather warm clothing for the homeless.
Adult converts to Catholicism regularly cite three things about Catholicism that they find attractive: the sacrament of Confession, the pope and devotion to Mary, said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.