- Oct 30, 2020
After spending Wednesday afternoon participating in the first Vatican-sponsored International Congress for the Pastoral Ministry to the Elderly in Rome, a group of 45 “pilgrims” from Spain has a message to the organizers: “It’s not about what the Church can do for us, but about what we can do for the Church.”
Statistically speaking, people around the world are living longer; this is particularly true in developed countries. As a response, the Vatican is organizing a workshop in Rome bringing together experts and people who minister to the elderly to reflect on what the Church can do to prepare for the “revolution of longevity.”
Mario and Paola Martinez , who co-direct the Diocese of San Bernardino’s new Office for Marriage and Family Life, said they see the role as an opportunity to serve their community while also offering an example of both lay and Latino leadership.
Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their faith when they were sexually abused in those groups and felt they had nowhere to turn.
Abortion is never a solution even when the unborn child is suffering from pathological disorders, because children in the womb are “small patients” and medicine knows how to provide patient care, Pope Francis said Saturday.
To fight a throwaway culture that pressures women to view abortion as the only alternative to a difficult pregnancy, the Catholic Church must be ready to assist, accompany and care for expectant mothers and their families, said U.S. Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell.