- Oct 27, 2020
Xenia Loutchenko, a Moscow-based commentator on church affairs, said, “The thing is, people don’t have much to hope for with the current state of our health care, what people hear from doctors and bureaucrats: They have nothing else to rely on, other than to go and pray.”
Father David Bonnar, pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon, said he has seen a “marked increase in cremations” in his 29 years in the priesthood. “Cost is certainly a factor along with convenience,” he said. His parish asks families who are having loved ones cremated to sign a form promising to have the remains interred. “It is a very sensitive topic that demands a pastoral touch,” he said.
Former priest, Alberto Athie, alleges that Cardinal Norberto Rivera, archbishop of Mexico City covered up at least 15 cases of priest sex abuse. Athie brought allegations of abuse in the late 90s against Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ who was eventually removed.
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.