- Oct 19, 2020
Nearly 118,000 people in the United States are waiting for a transplant, and more than 20 people die every day waiting for a suitable organ. The odds are long for most who are awaiting organs. Each year, the number of people on the waiting list grows, while only about 2 percent of donated organs can be used. Pope Francis has called the act of organ donation “a testimony of love for our neighbor.”
Anne Donahue is one of an estimated 40 Stephen ministers at Sacred Heart, which is one of 130 congregations in the state that have adopted the Christian support program. For the last three years, Donahue and others have been paired up with people who long for another person to talk to. Many of these care receivers have lost a spouse or a child, have endured a divorce or are suffering from a debilitating illness. Stephen ministers meet, typically weekly, with the care receivers and listen to their concerns.
Hungary will be donating more than half a million dollars to Saint Joseph’s Clinic in Iraq, which caters mainly to persecuted Christians in the area who have fled their homes in Mosul after ISIS forces took the city in 2014.
Catholic churches across the United States have bee trying to decide upon the best course of action in protecting their parishioners who may fall into the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE. In Albuquerque, for example, employees of the diocese have been given specific instructions on what to do in a raid.
Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya.
A bus packed with Coptic Christians in Egypt, including many children, was traveling on a side road in the desert to the remote monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Maghagha when it was attacked, presumably by Islamic terrorists. At least 26 people were killed, and 25 more were wounded.