After suicide at Catholic services center, Seattle archbishop emphasizes hope

Seattle, Wash., Feb 24, 2021 / 05:07 pm (CNA).- In the wake of a suicide at a Catholic social services headquarters in Seattle, Archbishop Paul Etienne said that Christians should remember the “desperation and hopelessness” of those in distress, but also God’s “profound love.”

In a Feb. 23 letter to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Seattle, Etienne reported that on Tuesday afternoon a “distraught individual” entered the headquarters of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services at the Randolph Carter Family and Learning Center in Seattle.

“He threatened the life of a staff member before taking his own life,” the archbishop said. “Mercifully, no one else was harmed and all of the staff were able to safely leave the building.”

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Brazilian priest who ‘concelebrated’ Mass with Protestant minister removed as pastor

Jundiai, Brazil, Feb 24, 2021 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The local bishop and the regional superior of a priest who last week attempted to concelebrate the Eucharist with a Protestant minister have removed the priest as pastor of his parish.

Fr. Jose Carlos Pedrini, a member of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, was removed as pastor of Jundiai’s Sacred Heart of Jesus parish.

“We sincerely regret the event that rightly created great confusion and division among the faithful,” Bishop Vicente Costa of Jundiaí wrote Feb. 20. The bishop added that such active participation in the Mass by a non-Catholic minister “is not permitted by the norms of our Church.”

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Report: Australia has less than half the palliative care doctors it needs

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- An Australian university has found that the country has less than half the number of palliative care physicians needed to care for terminally-ill patients.

 

A study published by Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) PM Glynn Institute revealed that the country only has 0.9 palliative care doctors per every 100,000 people. According to the ACU, health industry standards state there should be at least two doctors for this population.

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