- Jun 20, 2021
Every week in England, two women are killed by a partner or ex-partner, a “shocking statistic” the nation’s bishops are highlighting during the annual Day of Life, observed on June 16.
The morning after a man gunned down his estranged wife and critically wounded their daughter, visitors and parishioners gathered Jan. 18 for a Mass inside the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, just yards away from the parish parking lot, where the shooting took place.
In 2016, more than 93,000 people – 79 percent of them women — reported domestic abuse to police, according to Statistics Canada.
“Our faith is so important. It’s everything,” said Daniel’s mom, Kathy Wesley, a parishioner at St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs. Daniel Wesley is a teenager who was shot and run over by a car while trying to assist a wounded woman.
Saying that some form of domestic violence, direct either at spouses of children, occurs in “almost every family” in his part of Eastern Uganda, Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo of Tororo says the Church “cannot remain silent” and is striving to wipe it out.
ROME — As the tumultuous Synod of Bishops on the family nears its end, there’s mounting concern in some quarters that its results will be overly focused on a narrow set of contentious issues, while glossing over many matters Pope Francis cares about most, including immigration, poverty, domestic abuse, and