Day of prayer planned for 357 religious dead from COVID-19 in Spain

CNA Staff, Sep 26, 2020 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- The Spanish Conference of Religious (CONFER) has announced that September 29 will be observed as a day of prayer for the 357 religious who have died from the novel coronavirus during the pandemic in Spain.

The conference invited religious communities to participate in the day of prayer, which falls on the Feast of Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

These religious men and women, the conference stated, “have been faithful to the end of their days…And so, amid the pain of their loss, we are grateful for their witness until the end!”

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Church in Australia in prayer for Migrant Day

“The understandable focus on the COVID-19 pandemic must not distract people from another ongoing crisis. Migration is a major challenge for much of today’s world and a priority for the Catholic Church. In words and deeds, Pope Francis repeatedly shows his deep compassion for all who are displaced. Witness his encounters with migrants and refugees on the islands of Lampedusa and Lesbos. He invites us to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate the people who have been forced to leave their homes and also all victims of human trafficking. Those four verbs formed the basis of Pope Francis’ 2018 message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. and are again proposed to us this year by the Pontiff: he pushes us with greater force to take care of those who are “on the move”, writes Mgr. Christopher Prowse, Bishop Delegate for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees of the Australian Church, on the occasion of the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday 27 September.

In his message, sent to Agenzia Fides, the Prelate underlines how the ongoing migration crisis finds its icon in the image of the Holy Family, which “represents people ‘on the move’. The biblical image of the flight of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to Egypt has always inspired the work of Catholics on various aspects of migration. The Church stands by the frailties and dangers of millions of people who move around the world to seek a dignified home”.

To allow all the faithful to learn more about the migratory phenomenon, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has prepared a special pastoral kit that includes the message from Pope Francis, the letter from Archbishop Prowse, a message from a Vatican expert on migration and community stories of migrants and refugees in Australia. In addition, a collection of prayers and liturgical resources has been produced for all parish communities that will celebrate World Day. In this way, the Australian Church intends to give ample spiritual, pastoral, and social importance to a phenomenon that of migration, which closely challenges Australian society and politics.

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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chair Applauds President Trump’s Executive Order Protecting Vulnerable Newborns

Last night, President Trump released an executive order to ensure that federally-funded hospitals are aware of and compliant with, current legal protections intended to ensure that babies born prematurely or with disabilities receive a medical assessment and appropriate care. The executive order also calls for more funding for research to improve outcomes for babies born prematurely or with disabilities.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:

“We applaud this action by President Trump to ensure that babies born prematurely or with disabilities receive a basic medical assessment and appropriate care as required by our federal laws.  In addition to our laws, basic human rights demand that no baby born alive should be abandoned and left to die due to being disabled or premature.  Every human life, regardless of its stage of development or condition, is precious and irreplaceable and deserves a shot at life.”

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