New York City, N.Y., Mar 26, 2021 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- In a recent pastoral letter, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York encouraged Catholics to foster a culture of life through charity and prayer. 

The cardinal issued the letter on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. He challenged Catholics to reflect on better ways to reach out to the vulnerable, especially as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic increases loneliness and suicide rates. 

“In our Catholic tradition, Saint Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death. As we live through a second Lent of the Coronavirus pandemic, I know that ‘happy’ is not the word we would associate with the widespread death that we have seen around us. This has been an agonizing and sorrowful time for us all,” the cardinal said.

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