Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear family, This last week has been very good, although exhausting at times. I've been caring especially for the patients who can't get out of bed, giving them bed baths and ointment, etc. The man I was especially caring for died last Thursday, which was sad but a huge mercy. He was only 28 years old, but he looked so transfigured by suffering. Earlier that same week, I … [Read more...]

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A signal of deep anguish

U.S. suicide rate soars to 30-year high

The following comes from an April 22 New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep … [Read more...]

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San Francisco parish ships tractor to Tanzania

Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church/All Hallows Chapel collected $9,000 to help village with farming

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: The rural villagers of Malya Kwimba in Tanzania, East Africa, are giving thanks for a tractor that will help them more efficiently cultivate the fields they have worked by hand. The tractor was a gift from parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church/All Hallows Chapel in San Francisco … [Read more...]

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What happens at Catholic Advocacy Day

Restorative justice, repeal maximum family grant, economic relief for teachers

The following comes from an April 25 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: Catholics from around California converged on Sacramento to visit their elected representatives and advocate for legislation on Catholic Advocacy Day. The issues they discussed on April 19 ranged from additions to the assisted-suicide legislation passed last year, and matters of restorative … [Read more...]

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Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear rabbits, Today I served mass at Mother house. I was feeling sick so I didn't want to go, but mass was beautiful and of course miraculous. We had the "love is patient, love is kind" reading that I love. I've always loved the part about "love does not insist on its own way..." I wasn't sure whether to volunteer or whether to just sleep, but I ended up going for the … [Read more...]

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Power struggle at the Vatican

Suspension of audit ordered by Cdl. George Pell signals fight by 'old guard' to maintain clout in the curia

The following is an April 25 Catholic News Agency article by Andrea Gagliarducci: The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate within the Sacred Walls about the balance of power between the Secretariat of State and the Secretariat for the Economy. The debate is, in fact, a result of the Curia reform begun … [Read more...]

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Atheist sues Santa Clara over Christian cross at public park

Says it violates the separation of church and state

The following comes from an April 22 Mercury News article by Joe Rodriguez: SANTA CLARA -- A local atheist and a national group that advocates for the strict separation of church and state have sued the city to remove a large, white Christian cross at a public park where an 18th century Spanish Catholic mission once stood. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, resident Andrew … [Read more...]

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