Irish Sister Died Trying to Save Young Girls in Ecuador Earthquake - Aid Agencies Struggle to Deal with Devastation
Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
20 Apr 2016
20 Apr 2016
Rescuers are still searching through rubble for survivors of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake although they believe there is little hope of finding many of those still missing. The government and aid agencies expect the death toll to rise as the devastation is slowly cleared.
It was the country's most powerful quake in decades, which hit the Pacific coastline. Numerous high intensity after shocks also hit the area.
The hardiest-hit area was the coastal Manabi province and the cities of Manta, :Portoviejo and Pedernales which is a tourist destination.
Apart from homes, hotels, shopping malls, bridges and roadways buckled and collapsed.
Sr Clare and another Irish nun had been teaching guitar and singing when five young postulants, who were entering the religious order, when the earthquake struck. Sr Clare was trying to get the young girls to safety down a staircase. Despite her quick efforts the stairway began to collapse when the quake hit. The building collapsed on top of them.
Family and friends in Derry, Ireland said Sr Clare was very much a fun loving girl who loved karaoke. However at just 17, during a trip to the order's headquarters in Spain, she said; "I could become really famous and rich, or I could stay here and pray to God that I made the right decision".
Sr Clare stayed and more recently found herself in Ecuador working at a school teaching 400 children from the local area.
There are long queues for essential supplies such as bottled water, food and blankets.
Reconstruction costs are expected to be huge - when they eventually begin.
There are a number of aid organisations contributing to the Ecuador earthquake relief. However if you would like to know more about Sr Clare's order and the Missionary Groups of the Home of the Mother who are coming together to help the Sisters in the devastated area where Sr Clare was based, to by food, medicine, mattresses and goods for families in the area click here
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For Immediate Release
April 19, 2016
Cardinal Dolan Announces New Stage in Dorothy Day Canonization Process
The Cause for Dorothy Day’s possible eventual beatification and canonization moved into a new phase today as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, opened the canonical Inquiry on the life of the Catholic Worker movement founder, gathering evidence to determine if Dorothy Day lived a life of “heroic virtue” in the eyes of the Church.
The Archdiocese, which is sponsoring her cause, will gather the evidence and present it to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Saints and Pope Francis. After carefully examining the information presented, the Congregation and Pope Francis will determine if she will be elevated from “Servant of God,” to “Venerable,” and become eligible for beatification and ultimately canonization.
Dorothy Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement with Peter Maurin in 1933 in New York City, following her conversion to Catholicism in 1927. Its “houses of hospitality” minister directly to people living in poverty and operate in over 120 places in the United States, and as far away as New Zealand. In addition to providing food and shelter to those in need, members of the Catholic Worker movement publish community newspapers and websites as well as publically promote nonviolence in response to social concerns. Catholic worker houses accept no government funds—a tradition established by Day and maintained to the present. Dorothy Day remained active in the Catholic Worker movement until her death in New York at the age of 83 in 1980.
A few years after her death, the Claretian fathers began collecting materials for an eventual canonization effort. In 2000, at the request of Cardinal John O’Connor, the Vatican provided its nihil obstat, naming Dorothy Day “Servant of God” and opening the canonization process. Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo was named “postulator” or chief advocate for the Cause of Canonization. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provided its formal endorsement in 2012, and the Cause moves today into a new stage with the establishment of a canonical Inquiry.
Msgr. Mustaciuolo, said, “Beginning next week, we will begin interviewing eyewitnesses — people who had firsthand experience of Dorothy Day — in all about fifty. Together, their memories stretch all the way back to the 1940’s.”
He added that in the coming months, Cardinal Dolan will also appoint a historical commission that will issue a report placing Day’s life in historical context and review her unpublished writings. Theological experts appointed by the Cardinal will review her published writings—two readers for each publication—with an eye toward doctrine and morals.
“This will require a team effort,” stated George B. Horton, liaison for the Dorothy Day Guild. “Dorothy Day created or inspired dozens of houses of hospitality throughout the English-speaking world, but she was also a journalist who published The Catholic Worker newspaper. Her articles in that paper alone total over 3,000 pages. Add her books and other publications and we will probably surpass 8,000 pages of manuscripts.”
Interviews will begin next week and will extend throughout 2016. Those too frail to travel will be interviewed in their home dioceses, some as far away as Europe. Because many of the eyewitnesses still live in voluntary poverty, caring for the poor, the Archdiocese will assist with airfare and lodging for those requesting assistance.
To learn more about Dorothy Day, the Guild, and ways to help forward her cause,
please visit: www.dorothydayguild.org .
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St. Agnes of Montepulciano
NUN AND FOUNDRESS
Feast: April 20
Born in the neighbourhood of Montepulciano in Tuscany about 1268; died there 1317. At the age of nine years she entered a monastery. Four years later she was commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV to assist in the foundation of a monastery at Proceno, and became its prioress at the age of fifteen. At the entreaty of the citizens of her native town, she established (1298) the celebrated convent of Dominican nuns at Montepulciano which she governed until the time of her death. She was canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. Her feast is celebrated on 20 April.
(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)
Canadian religious leaders call on Government to protect the vulnerable, improve palliative care and protect freedom of conscience
OTTAWA – At a news conference today on Parliament Hill, representatives of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, The Canadian Council of Imams, The Salvation Army and Jewish communities, as well as a hematologist - oncologist from the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, Montreal, expressed their opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide, and their concerns regarding proposed legislation on "physician-assisted dying." "We stand together today, leaders within our respective faith communities – Jewish, Muslim and Christian – to express our grave concern over the decriminalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. We believe that any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong." The principal concerns relate to the protection of vulnerable persons, conscience protection for healthcare workers and healthcare facilities, as well as the lack of availability of quality palliative care for all Canadians.
"Our churches, synagogues and mosques are committed to comfort and care for those who are dying and their families," they said. "Together, with our diverse communities of faith, we are determined to work to alleviate human suffering in every form but never by intentionally eliminating those who suffer." The religious leaders called on the Government instead to provide palliative care, support services for people with psychiatric illness and supports for the disabled.
Addressing the fundamental right of conscience for healthcare workers and facilities such as hospices, nursing homes and hospitals, the speakers asked "for the same protection that has been provided to these facilities in every foreign jurisdiction in the world that has legalized euthanasia/assisted suicide; that is, never to force hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and other care facilities to go against their mission and values, which are their institutional conscience." Because there is no reference to conscience rights in the draft legislation, "it appears that the federal government is leaving this issue to the provinces and territories for consideration." The religious leaders insisted "those protections are vital not only for the fundamental human rights of healthcare professionals; not only for the integrity of the medical profession; they are vital to maintaining the sanctity of life as an enduring Canadian value. That value continues to define us whatever legislation is adopted as law."
Speaking at the news conference were : Mr. Bruce Clemenger, President of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; Imam Sikander Hashmi, Canadian Council of Imams; Commissioner Susan McMillan, The Salvation Army; Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, C.M., Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa; Dr. Caroline Girouard, MD, FRCPC, a hematologist - oncologist at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, Montreal, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal; and His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, representing both the CCCB and also the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. (USCCB Release)Link to the video archives on CPAC