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Perinatal hospice: Comforting infants and families Print E-mail
Eye on the Capitol
Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Eye on the Capitol by Barbara Sella

Legislative hearings are valuable means of educating the public. During a June 2 hearing in the State Capitol for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (companion bills Senate Bill 179 and Assembly Bill 237), those present learned about a little-known but invaluable program known as perinatal hospice.

The bills would protect unborn children at and after 20 weeks from painful abortions and would require that families be informed about perinatal hospice. (Governor Scott Walker signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law on July 20.)

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A prophetic pope and social teaching Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

In the wake of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' and the pope's recent speeches in Latin America, many supporters of the capitalist economy in the West might be forgiven for thinking that His Holiness has something against them.

Again and again, Pope Francis excoriates an economy based on materialism and greed, and with prophetic urgency, he speaks out against a new colonialism that exploits the labor of those in poorer countries.

In a speech in Bolivia, a country under the command of a socialist president, the pope seemed, almost in a Marxist vein, to be calling on the poor to seize power from the wealthy and take command of their own lives. What do we make of this?

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Grandparenting is a great and happy vocation Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 -- 12:00 AM


Sr. Constance Carolyn Veit, LSP

In September, thousands of Catholics from all over the world will gather in Philadelphia for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families.

We Little Sisters of the Poor are looking forward to participating in this great event, the culmination of which will be a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.

In preparation for the World Meeting, our Holy Father has been dedicating his weekly audiences to family issues, including the role of the elderly in family life.

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