This Roman church was a gift from Catholics around the world to Leo XIII

Rome, Italy, Dec 31, 2019 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- There are many Catholic churches in Rome, but few can boast of having been built through the contributions of Catholics around the world as a gift to the pope.

San Gioacchino ai Prati di Castello is an exception.

Sitting less than a mile from St. Peter’s Basilica, San Gioacchino (St. Joachim in English), was built as a gift to Pope Leo XIII for the celebration of his 50th anniversary of priesthood.

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Delta Hospice ordered by BC Health Minister to provide euthanasia by February 3.

Alex Schadenberg

Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

*Sign the petition: Hospice Organizations Must NOT be Forced to do Euthanasia (Link).An article by Sandor Gyarmati for the Delta Optimist news reported that the British Columbia Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, ordered the Delta Hospice Society to do euthanasia (MAiD) by February 3 or it may lose its provincial funding.

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Happy New Year to All Our Readers, in Music and Song

A blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, known more commonly in the secular world, if that is not tautological, as New Year’s Day – and a happy one to one and all – here are some musical selections which may delight the mind and heart:

A musical litany by Father Domenico Zipoli (+1726), as recommended by Pater Ignotus (whose musical knowledge exceeds my own by a fair margin, I imagine, so will post his suggestions more often).

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/10/on-last-day-of-month-of-rosary-litany.html

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Diocese of Providence challenges RI statute of limitations expansion

Providence, R.I., Dec 31, 2019 / 05:19 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Providence has challenged a new Rhode Island law that greatly expands the time window for filing childhood sexual abuse lawsuits.

In July, a bill was signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) extending the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases from seven to 35 years in Rhode Island. The 35-year window would commence from the victim’s 18th birthday. The law also includes a “seven year discovery” provision allowing victims to file lawsuits up to seven years after they have re-discovered childhood abuse as an adult, such as through therapy sessions.

Several months later, in September, a lawsuit was filed by Philip Edwardo against the Diocese of Providence alleging that he was abused by a diocesan priest, Phillip Magaldi, hundreds of times in the 1970s and 1980s.

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