Paraguay’s Congress responds to legalization of abortion in Argentina with a minute of silence

Asunción, Paraguay, Dec 30, 2020 / 08:47 pm (CNA).- The House of Representatives of Paraguay held one minute of silence for “the babies that will die” few hours after the Senate in neighboring Argentina legalized abortion.

Un minuto de silencio. La plenaria de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó el minuto de silencio por la aprobación de la ley del aborto por parte del Congreso de la Nación Argentina. @780AM pic.twitter.com/N1tG62xlmx

— Luis Acosta (@lacostasoy) December 30, 2020

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Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ

Austin Ruse, Littlest Suffering Souls: Children Whose Short Lives Point Us to Christ. Charlotte: TAN Books, 2017.

      With  modern medical breakthroughs, treatments and  medicines, we have become sophisticated in  the avoidance of physical, mental, emotional pain – the avoidance of suffering. In a growing number of countries it is acceptable, even meritorious, to end suffering by death through the aid of modern pharmaceuticals administered by the very people who have taken an oath to do no harm. Increasingly, since the legalization of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada – the euphemism for euthanasia – in my experience as a registered nurse, more patients, Catholics among them, have expressed their agreement with legalized medical death. Patients diagnosed with life-altering or life-limiting illness are now presented with the option to choose MAiD as a viable treatment option.

Not that there is anything wrong with modern medical achievements in pain control, palliative care or the treatment of disease. Medicine is a gift; but our collective, obsessive fear of suffering and the need to avoid it at all costs, even to the point of death, has made us lose sight of the grace of redemptive suffering.

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Southern California Catholics pray for kidnapped Nigerian Bishop with strong ties to the area

CNA Staff, Dec 30, 2020 / 05:29 pm (CNA).- Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria, who served for several years in the Diocese of San Diego as a priest before returning to his country.

Bishop Moses was ordained a priest on July 6, 1996, in Nigeria, after which he completed his Master’s degree in educational administration at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in education at UCLA. Fr. Moses served for six years as a priest in residence at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Diego and at the VA Hospital in La Jolla as chaplain; he also frequently said Mass at St. Mark’s parish in San Marcos, CA.

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