- Jan 24, 2020
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York launched the Respect Life Month that is in October and the 2017-18 Respect Life Program, saying, “This Respect Life Month and always, let’s walk with each other; let’s help each other embrace God’s gift of human life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us: ‘Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’ (Matthew 28:20).”
Ana Maria Saucedo, a psychologist at the medical center of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, sees an unbreakable link between faith and psychology. God understands people’s emotions because God became human, she said.
The new auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange in California is Father Thanh Thai Nguyen. Nguyen came as a refugee with his family to the U.S. from Vietnam. Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, where Nguyen had been serving before his new appointment, said, “Father Thanh knows the plight of refugees, and he understands their journey seeking a safe home and the ability to support their families. He has a genuine gift when it comes to ministering to people of diverse cultures.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has come under attack in many quarters for denying the government of Myanmar authorized the destruction of Rohingya settlements following a series of attacks on police stations. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, has defended her, saying, “Despite the piercing criticisms of the international community, Myanmar depends on her for many compassionate responses.”
Cynthia Eriksson, who is part of the psychology program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, said drawing on Christianity to make sense of the senseless can help in situations of crisis and trauma such as what happened in Las Vegas last week.
Overall, a new poll found that Americans support Columbus and the observance of Columbus Day by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Despite controversy about the historical implications of Columbus’s journey in 1492, the holiday continues to be supported by a majority of Americans.