A Message from the Editor
There appears to be a general devaluation of human life in many countries often due to failed national leadership. For this reason, we have tried the address End of Life Challenges in this issue.
As we continue our focus on Catholicism and China, we are indebted to Mary Moran for her report from inside China by a leading journalist who discusses The Sino-Vatican Provisional Agreement. We also thank our Editorial Advisor Marco Los Russo for the video recording of his beautiful Ave Maria recorded at Teatro Vallarta in Mexico which is our final video in this issue.
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A Quote to Remember
“When once you have departed this life, there is no longer any place for repentance, no way of making satisfaction. Here life is either lost or kept. Here, by the worship of God and by the fruit of faith, her by his sins or by his years from coming to obtain salvation. To him who still remains in this world there is no repentance that is too late.”
by St. Cyprian of Carthage
O my Lord and Savior, support me in my last hour by the strong arms of Thy sacraments and the fragrance of thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me; and let Thine own body be my food and Thy blood my sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and Thy glorious saints and my own dear patrons smile on me, that in and through them all I may die as I desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen.
by Saint John Henry Newman
Prayer for the Plowshares
Oh Lord, You have blessed this country and our world by inspiring non-violent seekers of Peace and Racial Justice. One such group is known as the Plowshares, taking its name from the Biblical book of Isaiah calling for turning weapons of war into plowshares to till the earth to grow food for the hungry.
The Plowshares, a group which finds its origins in the nonviolent activism of the Catholic Worker movement of Dorothy Day and Daniel and Philip Berrigan, continues to this day.
Oh Lord, a brave and Spirit-filled group of women and men recent entered a naval base to nonviolently and symbolically protest nuclear weapons.
Such actions find their origins in the life and teachings of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who nonviolently challenged the established power of His time, the power of the Roman Empire, cleansing the Temple run by the chief priests who were appointed by Rome and did the bidding of Pontius Pilate.
Like Jesus the blessed people of the Plowshares have been arrested and face the punishment of the state, though they committed no real harm to anyone and simply and nonviolently sought to urge their fellow Americans to think deeply about the injustices of racism and the great dangers of nuclear weapons.
Oh Lord, we pray that these prophetic witnesses
to Your teaching will be held in your Love.
May the American people listen to their witness, which is their testimony to the humanity of us all and to our hope for a better world for all. by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for the Healing of Alexei Navalny:
In the Service of the Truth
Dear Lord of All, You are the Truth in Person!
The path through life varies with each one of us,
As does the call to public service, truth and transparency.
For some this path runs to the edge of the cliff,
As treading through the difficulties a society faces
Takes us where the ground crumbles and risks rise,
As the witness to the need for reform and change
Faces into the resistance to embrace a new beginning –
Have mercy on us! Enable us to persevere!
Dear Lord of All, You are Love expressed in Truth!
You know, better than we, the impact on each of us,
Our family and friends, the prospects for the future,
The hidden dangers and the harm that befalls us;
The people you send to help and the help we need,
The people whose fear mounts again against us,
The people whose hopes rise and fall, with what we do,
And those, world-wide, who echo what we are doing –
Have mercy on us! Overcome what overcomes us!
Dear Lord of All, Lead from truth to Truth!
No one is a stranger to you, neither enemy nor friend,
Everyone, as you know, has the possibility of being
Called together, in fellowship and the communion of the truth
Forgive our fallen ways, as we fall back from the fullness of a
Life lived in your overflowing Presence breaking upon the
Shore of all, leading, encouraging, healing, forgiving,
Mending and moulding a-new the pattern of love between us –
Have mercy on us! And lead us where we cannot go alone!
by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Those Who Have been Evicted Because They Lost Their Job Die to the Covid-19 Pandemic
We pray today for those having problems finding a place to call home because of the economic consequences of COVID 19. We ask you, Lord, to inspire all of us to help our neighbors in whatever way can. We also ask that this COVID experience inspire a renewed sense of the beauty and needs of our common humanity, one of your greatest gifts. Help us to put love for you and each other before quests for wealth, power and all else that fades in the light of eternity. by Denise Mackura Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer in Coronavirus Times
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas: We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask of you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and our world ,and for all our families and our loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask from you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,wipe away their tears, and help us to trust.
In this time of trial and testing, teach each of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate Mother, health of the sick, cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. by Carmen Julia Rodríguez Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Maira Shahbaz
Oh Lord, we come together to offer our prayers for Maira Shahbaz, a 13 year old Catholic girl forced into a false marriage in Pakistan with an older man.
Maira rightly fled for her life after being forced to “convert” to Islam.
To save her life and her faith she fled and has found a lawyer who is helping her.
We pray for Maira, her lawyer and for the Muslims of Pakistan, that she will be given the protection she needs to survive the death threats she has received for affirming her faith in You and in all Catholics.
We join with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in this prayer, for justice, truth and charity for Maira and all of those in such dire need of Your help and ours. by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Krista Rowan
Good and gracious God,
We are saddened by the death of Krista Rowan who was thoughtfully and carefully in the midst of your blessing of carrying a child. She was young and recently married, living in Sligo, a beautiful section of Ireland. You welcomed her into her heavenly home with her child on August 31.2020. Please take care of her husband and family as they go through the grief of missing her and Ree, their child.
We understand both the joy of knowing one will give birth and the sadness for her family as she is hit by a car and passes to her eternal home. Please bless her and her Canadian family so they may enjoy your peace Lord. We ask you this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen
by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
Hearing Persists at End of Life, Brain Waves of Hospice Patients Show by U.S. News & World Report/ Bioethics.com Link to End of Life
Thinking Through the Rationing of Ventilators by Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk The Boston Pilot
“In the twilight of life, we shall be judged on love.” by Peter M.J. Stravinskas The Catholic World Report
End of Life Decisions: Ordinary versus Extraordinary Means by: Colin B. Donovan, STL EWTN
End-of-Life Care and Catholic Ethics by Rev. James A. O'Donohoe, JCD Catholic Health Association\
Catholic approaches to end-of-life care by John J. Paris America
Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Care by Dr. Anne Hartley, MD My Jewish Learning
Dealing with grief in a time of coronavirus by Mary Farrow Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
Upside down solutions: palliative care and COVID-19 by Daniel Knights, Felicity Knights and Iain Lawrie, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Plowshares activist facing 21 years in jail finds 'cause for rejoicing' by Eric Martin National Catholic Reporter Link to Prison Challenges and to Catholic Activism
Pandemic may have accelerated secularization of Europe by 10 years by Cardinal Hollerich Catholic World Report
As Politicians Clashed, Bolivia’s Pandemic Death Rate Soared by María Silvia Trigo, Anatoly Kurmanaev and Allison McCann The New York Times
Multiple Sources Corroborate Story that Trump Called America’s Fallen Soldiers “Losers” and “Suckers.” by Rebecca Hamilton Patheos Link to US Military and Veterans
St. Teresa of Calcutta and the dictator’s tomb by Alessandra Nucci The Catholic World Report
Vatican official says ‘life’ should never be used as a political weapon by Elise Ann Allen Crux Link to Abortion and to Politics
Senators Urge FDA to Label Abortion Pill ‘Imminent Threat to Public health’ by Catholic News Agency/National Catholic Register
Assisted suicide and euthanasia over 10 times higher by CathNews New Zealand Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
American voters deserve facts on outside influence on this election by Jon Bateman The Hill
Who should Catholics vote for? A surprising answer from Church by Niall O'Dowd IrishCentral Link to United States Politics
Catholicism’s accidental exile captures drama of post-Soviet world by John L. Allen Jr Crux
Trump Faces Fallout From Report He Calls Military 'Losers' And 'Suckers' by Franco Ordonez NPR Link to US Military and Veterans
New Orleans Priest Says Biden More Pro-Life Than Trump by Brian Kelly Catholicism
Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal. Failure to do so will be punished with three years in prison. by Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report Link to Catholicism
Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission by Catholic News Agency
A Saudi Prince's Attempt to Silence Critics on Twitter by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power/Wired Link to Social Media
Diocese of Joliet to partner with nonprofit for Latino leaders initiative by Rhina Guido Crux Link to Racial Challenges
A drowning man prayed for help. God sent a floating tiki bar filled with priests. by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report
Religious freedom: bleached, blanched, and rinsed out by George Weigel The Catholic World Report
Outrage as Duterte pardons American killer of transgender ,Catholic priest calls Philippine president's pardon unjust and unfair to other inmates by Joseph Peter Calleja UCANews Link to Political Crimes
'They wanted to drown me at birth - now I'm a poet' by Rahil Sheikh BBC News
Zionist Women. How the art of Ephraim Moses Lilien helped redefine the figure of a newly independent, fin de siècle Jewish female by Lynne M. Swarts Tablet Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Ecuador’s bishops speak out against attempt to liberalize abortion laws by Inés San Martín Crux
Roberto Clemente Pursued Excellence. We Can Honor Him By Pursuing Equality. by James T. Fisher America
100 Pro-Life African-American Leaders Write Letter Accusing Planned Parenthood of Racism by Jesus Caritas Est Catholic News World
Polish bishops concerned by rise in acts of desecration by Catholic News Agenc
Ethical quandary in coronavirus vaccine development by CathNews Link to Coronavirus
COVID deniers invoke Pope Benedict, burn image of Francis at Rome rally by Crux Staff Crux
Vatican official: ‘Radical’ response needed for ‘radical’ COVID-19 crisis by Inés San Martín Crux
COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a dangerous providentialism among Catholics by Rebecca Bratten Weiss National Catholic Reporter
After COVID-19 deaths of African sisters on front lines, the work goes on by Doreen Ajiambo Global Sisters Report
Learning to Cope With Her Husband’s Mental Illness: the Story of Suhad by International Catholic Migration Commission Link to Mental Health/Illness
Debunking Catholic Disinformation Re: Vaccines (Viganò) by Matthew P Scheneider, LC Patheos
I Was Hit Hard By COVID-19 — And I’m Still Not Afraid by Msgr. Charles Pope National Catholic Register
Argentine ‘slum priest’ and COVID victim hailed as ‘martyr for the poor’ by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Poverty
Catholic students offer support after arson at University of Delaware Jewish center by CNA Daily News/The Catholic World Report Link to Catholic/Jewish Outeach/Challenges
61-Year-Old Priest Punched During Sunday Mass in Berlin by Cathoic News Agency/National Catholic Register
They Cared for Some of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities. Then 12 Died. by Kaiser Health News/Bioethics
Vaccines, COVID19, And The Christian Obligation To Protect Society by Hebry Karlson Patheos
COVID-19 has killed more law enforcement officers this year than all other causes combined by Harmeet Kaur The Philadelphia Tribune Link to Police Protection
The Pastoral Malpracice of Litergianl Abuse by Father Roger Landry The Boston Pilot
‘Women are future of the Catholic church’: Anne Soupa leads renewed fight for equality by Harriet Sherwood The Guardian Link to Women Challenges/ Outreach/Protection
Is Putin about to make a costly mistake in Belarus? by Steven Pifer Brookings
Visiting Lebanon, Cardinal Parolin emphasizes 'You are not alone' by Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service/Angelus
Pray with Our Lady of Stono to heal the wounds of slavery The legacy of the Kongolese Freedom Fighters lives on today. by Damien Costello U.S. Catholic
Assisted suicide, euthanasia more than 10 times higher than predicted in Australia state by Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
How hate and misinformation go viral: A case study of a Trump retweet by Jacob Gursky and Samuel Woolley TechStream/Brookings Link to Social Media, Political Abuse, and Fear, Hate, Prejudice, and Discrimination against Others
Two religious sisters in Mozambique still missing after Islamist attack by CNA/The Catholic World Report Link to Catholic/Muslim Challenges
Technology sheds new light on life of St. John Henry Newman by Catholic News Agency/The Catholic World Report
Holy See responds to Royal Commission recommendations. Australia’s bishops comment on the observations made by the Holy See on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian government by Vatican News Link to Catholic Sexual Violence Against Minors
Amid pandemic, domestic and sexual abuse is skyrocketing. Activists worry that news is being buried. by Claire Giangravé Religion News Service Link to Domestic Violence
How Catholics Are Working to Combat the Highest Homelessness Rates in NYC by Jessica Easthope New Evangelization Television Link to Homeless
Nike, don’t make me choose between Liverpool FC and the Uighurs by Jalal Baig Religion News Service
South Africa Catholics stage Day of Prayer over women’s plight in COVID era by Crux Staff Crux Link to Women Challenges/Outreach/Protection
Christians, others warn Turkey is 'weaponizing water' in northeast Syria by Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service/Angelus Link to War/Acts of War /Terrorism/Genocide
Catholic expert calls attacks on humanitarian workers “affront to humanity” by Crux Staff Crux
America, How Are the Children? by Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ The Jesuit Post
Report: 400,000 people are in modern slavery in U.S. by Stef W. Kight Axios Link to Human Trafficking
Boccaccio Says Goodby A story by Ariel Dorfman NYR Daily Link to Spirituality and Art
Art fosters Buddhist-Christian dialogue in Sri Lanka, Buddhist influence is apparent in churches throughout the island by UCA News reporter UCA News
Derry man blinded by British soldier in The Troubles accepts apology by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral Link to Forgiveness and to Blindness/Deafness
'Traumatic way to say goodbye': roadside funerals in Colombia by Manual Rueda CNS/The Boson Pilot
Idol in blue jeans: Vietnam priest gives strugglers a step up in life by UCA News reporter UCA News
Natural helpers: Needed reinforcements to head off looming suicides of despair by Glen Bloomstrom Religion News Service Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Emmett Till’s faithful mother is the saint we need in the fight for racial justice by Abraham M. Nussbaum America Link to Racial Challenges
I've seen first-hand the toxic racism in international women's rights groups. White European and American practitioners have not taken charges of discrimination seriously. It’s time to do our homework and learn to change by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Quilt Tells Story of Forgotten Black Americans by Saundra Sorenson The Skanner
Black Americans are much more likely to serve the nation, in military and civilian roles by Richard V Reeves and Sarah Nzay Brookings Link to US Military and Veterans
Philippine diocese, activists oppose coal power plants by Robin Gomes Vatican News Link to Catholic Activism
Archbishop Coakley: You Can’t Turn a Blind Eye to Racist Atrocity and Say You are Pro Life by Rebecca Hamilton Patheos Link to Other ProLife Challenges
My Friend John Lewis by Danny Lyon NYR Daily
How Latino Catholics are grappling with their own history of racism by J.D. Long-García America
Messi Leaving Barcelona: The End of An Era by Ian Peoples, SJ The Jesuit Post
Filling vital US ministry roles, foreign-born priests need deliberate support to thrive by Maria Benevento National Catholic Reporter Link to Parish Challenges
Pope Francis on the ‘ecological conversion’ that led him to ‘Laudato Si’ by Gerard O’Connell America
'Angry because he was in love': Outspoken Archbishop Oscar Cruz laid to rest by Erik Tenedero ABS-CBN News
Mother of deceased Duquesne student continues hunger strike for campus police by Madeleine Davison National Catholic Reporter
The Blue Rosary by Brian Doyle U.S. Catholic Link to The Rosary
Pakistan: Maira receives death threats by John Pontifex Independent Catholic News
A culture of death is thriving in the Philippines .Recent killings make the dark shadow cast by the Covid-19 pandemic even darker by Mary Aileen D. Bacalso UCA News
Priest vows perilous pilgrimage to end Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis by Crux Staff Crux Link to African Challenges
Kenyan religious leaders demand action on alleged theft of COVID-19 funds by Fredrick Nzwili CNS/Crux Link to Financial Crimes
Yes, God can be hurt, but not in the way Trump claims, according to theologians by The Conversation
Indian state reinvestigates Catholic priest's suicide case Fresh probe comes after continued protests from local people who suspect foul play in the priest's death by UCA News reporter UCA News Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Heal Our Sick Economy – Work to Bring Economic Justice For All by Tony Magliano The Southern Cross Link to Economic Challenges
All-Time NFL Scoring Leader Speaks of Need for Fatima. Kicker John Carney of Notre Dame highlights courage and hope in new movie about Marian apparitions in Portugal by Trent Beattie National Catholic Register Link to Sports and Spirituality
Any account of leadership must consider the plight of the poor by Alice Camille U.S. Catholic Link to Poverty
Deli Owner is ‘Arcangel’ to Homeless in Need of Shelter by Paula Katinas The Tablet” Link to Homeless
A Black Lives Matter Champion Avant la Lettre by Msgr. Paul Jervis The Tablet
Black Lives Mattered Very Much to Monsignor Bernard Quinn by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio The Tablet
American Saints Who Were People of Color by Guest Contributor Patheos
Sports bring joy to our lives and are a balm to our souls. Racial justice is more important by Simran Jeet Singh Religion News Service
Pope appeals for world ‘not to abandon Lebanon in its solitude’ by Elise Ann Allen Crux
We need to declare a national emergency on deadly policing by Kelly Brown Douglas Religion News Service Link to Police Brutality/Misconduct and to Racial Challenges