Saturday, October 22, 2016

Catholic Primate says church should welcome ‘new unions’

Dr Eamon Martin said: “There are many people who feel very strongly about this issue [abortion], and I think it’s very important that we hear that, we listen to it.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish TimesThe Catholic Primate of Ireland has said people in “new relationships and unions” should be welcomed into the church.

Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin made the comments at a conference celebrating “family and family life”, in preparation for Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families in 2018.

“The Synod [OF BISHOPS]was clear that we need to be mindful of those who have begun new relationships and unions, and find sincere and truthful ways of welcoming and including them in the life and worshipping community of the church,” he told some 700 delegates at DCU St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra on Saturday.

In his address, Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin expressed frustration at the amount of media focus on the issue of communion for divorced, remarried and homosexual individuals in the Amoris Laetitia document from last year’s Synod of Bishops discussions on the family in Rome.

He said theological complications surrounding the discussion “doesn’t mean you close doors” on such individuals.

Dr Eamon Martin said there was now an opportunity for the church to connect with young people who were thinking of marriage but had picked up a “distrust of commitment and institutions”. 

He responded to comments from Labour leader Brendan Howlin that the church should no longer speak on the issue of the Eighth Amendment and abortion and defended the right of Catholics to air their views.

“There are many people who feel very strongly about this issue, and I think it’s very important that we hear that, we listen to it.

“Human life is the most fundamental right of all, and certainly we will try to continue to speak about that in a tender way, in a loving way, in a compassionate way,” he said.

On the topic of the threat posed to families by violence and criminality, Dr Diarmuid Martin said he is “very worried” about the number of recent stabbings in Dublin and that something must be done to address the attacks.

He spoke about drug culture and suppliers who are “prepared to kill to defend themselves.
“There’s [A]. . . challenging problem about violence, and that’s the number of stabbings that are going on, very often unprepared and unthought,” he said.

“It’s a very worrying thing that people go out, go to a party, and end up stabbed. All of us need to start speaking about the way this violence is developing in our society. Some of it is drug-related,” he said.

“Young people are dragged into a drug culture at a very early age, and in all of this there are people who are making enormous amounts of money and are prepared to kill to defend themselves in that.”

He revealed that the Dublin Archdiocese is “looking at a particular premises” to provide extra housing for families living in emergency hotel accommodation ahead of the onset of winter.

“It’s a big emergency. Two years ago we had an emergency and plans to address it, and still we’re not making it.”

Dr Martin, who will be the official president of the World Meeting of Families in 2018, said he still “shivers” when considering the organisational challenges posed by the event.

When asked if the State will contribute to running costs, he said: “You’ll have to ask the State.”

He repeated his wish for Pope Francis to attend the meeting, but said the pontiff’s diary will not be completed until a later date.

For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love" Francis spoke today in his special audience for the Jubilee Year of Mercy before an assembled crowd of 100,000.
"All forms of dialogue are an expression of the great need of love for God who reaches out to everyone and in everybody he puts a seed of his goodness, so that he or she can help in his creative work."

Such dialogue "breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her world,” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God".

For the pontiff, dialogue involves listening to and not abusing others. Dialogue is needed in every environment, from the family to society, to the Church. He was inspired by the passage in the Gospel of John that recounts Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman. 

"What is striking about this meeting,” the pope said, “is the close dialogue between the woman and Jesus. This now allows us to point out a very important aspect of mercy, which is precisely dialogue. Dialogue allows people to know and understand the needs of each other.

“First of all, it is a sign of great respect, because it puts people in an attitude of listening and in a position of incorporating the best aspects of their interlocutor. Secondly, dialogue is an expression of charity, because, whilst not ignoring differences, it can help one find and share the common good. In addition, dialogue invites us to stand before others seeing him or her as a gift from God, who challenges us and asks us to be recognised."

"Many times we do not meet our brothers and sisters, even though we live close to them, especially when we impose our position on others. We do not engage in dialogue when we do not listen enough or tend to disrupt each other to prove ourselves right. But how many times, how many times, when we listen to someone, do we stop [and say], ‘No! No! It is not like that!’, and we do not let the person finish explaining what he or she wants to say. This prevents dialogue, this is aggression. Instead, true dialogue requires moments of silence to seize the extraordinary gift of the presence of God in one’s brother or sister."

"Dear brothers and sisters, dialogue helps people humanise relationships and overcome misunderstandings. There is so much need for dialogue in our families, and how easier it would be to settle issues if we learnt to listen to each other! This is how it is in the relationship between husband and wife, and between parents and children. How much help can also come from dialogue between teachers and their pupils, or between managers and workers, to find out what is most needed in work.

“The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good. Let us think of the great gift of creation and the responsibility we all have to protect our common home. Dialogue on such a central issue is an inescapable requirement. Let us think of the dialogue between religions, to discover the profound truth of their mission among men and women, and contribute to building peace and a network of respect and fraternity (cf. Laudato si’, 201) ".

"Finally, all forms of dialogue are an expression of the great need of love for God who reaches out to everyone and in everybody puts a seed of his goodness, so that he or she can help in his creative work. Dialogue breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her world. Do not forget that dialogue is listening to what others tell me, and humbly say what I think. If things went this way, the family, the neighbourhood, the workplace, would be better. But if I do not let others say everything that is in their heart and I start to shout – today there is a lot of shouting – the relationship between us will not succeed, the relationship between husband and wife, between parents and children, will not work. Listening, explaining, gently, not barking at each other, not shouting: open heart."

"Jesus knew well what was in the heart of the Samaritan woman, a great sinner; nevertheless, he did prevent her from expressing herself; he let her speak until the end, and gradually entered into the mystery of her life. This teaching applies to us as well. Through dialogue, we can develop the signs of God's mercy and make them tools of acceptance and respect."

As he greeted Polish pilgrims, Pope Francis noted that today is the liturgical memorial of Saint John Paul II. "Dear sisters and brothers,” he said, “exactly 38 ago, almost to the hour, in this Square, words addressed to men and women around the world echoed: ‘Do not be afraid! (...) Open, open wide the doors for Christ’.”

“At the beginning of his pontificate, John Paul II, a pope of deep spirituality, shaped by thousands of years of history and the heritage of Polish culture passed on in the spirit of faith from generation to generation, uttered these words.”

“For him, this legacy was a source of hope, strength and courage, with which he urged the world to open wide the doors to Christ. This invitation became an incessant proclamation of the Gospel of mercy for the world and for humankind, the continuation of which is this Jubilee Year.”

“Today I would like to wish you that the Lord may give you the grace of perseverance in the faith, hope and love that you received from your ancestors and preserved with care. May your great compatriot’s appeal always resonate in your hearts and minds to awaken in you the imagination of mercy, so that you may bear witness to God’s love to all those who need it."

Pope Francis considering invite to Ireland

Image result for world meeting of families 2018A papal visit to Ireland could be on the cards after Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed he has been invited to attend the World Meeting of Families.

Speaking after the EU Leader’s Summit in Brussels yesterday, Mr Kenny said that he had met Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who confirmed the invite and said the Government would do everything to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland.

The World Meeting of Families 2018 will be held in Dublin but events will also take place in other centres around Ireland.

Mr Kenny said: “He [archbishop Martin] confirmed to me that the bishops have invited Pope Francis to come to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August of 2018.

“If the Pope decides to accept the invitation I assured him that the Government would respond appropriately, would approve of that and would welcome Pope Francis and would make all the arrangements to treat him in a proper and respectful manner as befits his position as head of the Catholic Church.

“It’s a matter for the Pope himself to decide if he wishes to accept the invitation,” Mr Kenny said.

“It’s a very different situation than applied in 1979 and he is a very different kind of man. If he decides to accept, the Government will respond appropriately.
Asked if he hoped to still be Taoiseach to welcome the Pope to Ireland in 2018 Mr Kenny said: “You shouldn’t ask me questions like that.”

A spokesperson from the Dublin diocese confirmed that the invitation had been extended and that Pope Francis was giving it “careful consideration”.

“In January on behalf of the Irish bishops, archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, jointly invited Pope Francis “to visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in 2018”.
“In March the apostolic nuncio to Ireland, his excellency archbishop Charles Brown acknowledged the bishops’ invitation and wrote “to convey the gratitude of Pope Francis for the invitation” while continuing, “kindly be assured the invitation will be given careful consideration”, the spokesperson said.

Address by Archbishop Eamon Martin at the launch of preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018· “One of my hopes is that we will develop Catholic family support groups at diocesan and parish level which might not only assist with marriage preparation, but also with supporting couples in the years immediately following marriage”

· “A challenge for our preparation and celebration of the World Meeting of the Families is how we are going to connect with those who, for whatever reason, perceive that the Church has little or nothing to say to their particular family situation”

· “We have the joy, and challenge, of presenting the Church’s clear and positive vision of marriage and family: the Good News that human life is sacred, that each human being comes from God, who created us, male and female”

This weekend last year I was preparing to head home from the Family Synod in Rome. I knew I had been part of something very special and historic in the life of the Church. We came from every corner of the world – it was a truly global event – but we belonged together. 

We were ‘connected’ – as brothers and sisters in the great universal family that is the Catholic Church. The theme of the Synod was ‘the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world’. 

During those three weeks we shared our concerns and hopes for family life from the perspective of our different countries and contexts. And all the while Pope Francis listened attentively, concentrating deeply on every word. We were Cum Petro et sub Petro (with Peter, under Peter).

At the end of the Synod we offered Pope Francis reflections in the form of a final report, inviting him to write an ‘exhortation’ for the whole world. The result was his powerful and challenging document: Amoris Laetitia, (The Joy of Love On Love in the Family). The Synod and Amoris Laetitia provide both the foundation and the mission for the next great global Catholic event – the World Meeting of Families here in Dublin in 2018.

The countdown has begun and here today, from every corner of Ireland, we have gathered to begin our reflection on the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting: ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’. Today I have that same sense of belonging and ‘connection’ as I had at the Synod. Once more I am reminded that the Catholic Church in Ireland, and throughout the world, is ‘a family of families’ – a network of believers, homes, communities, parishes and dioceses. 

In choosing to come here today we are affirming that we believe in Family. We are committed to the Family as the ‘school of humanity’, as fundamental to society and the common good. We recognise the importance of Family in the life of the Church; we believe the family is the ‘domestic Church’, the ‘little Church’; the family is the essential agent of the Good News. Amoris Laetitia puts it well: ‘The Church is good for the family and the family is good for the Church (AL87)’.

Our personal experience of Family
When I look back on the Synod, my most vivid memories are of bishops and others sharing their experiences of growing up in a family. From Ireland to Fiji, from Myanmar to Nigeria – each of us had our personal stories of the joys and struggles in our own home and family situations- most had happy memories of their childhood and youth, but many also had painful recollections, perhaps because of a breakdown in relationships, illness, bereavement or economic hardship. It brought home to me the truth that no family is perfect, and yet every family is precious in the eyes of God. 

Pope Francis puts it like this at the end of Amoris Laetitia: ‘No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. This is a never-ending vocation born of the full communion of the Trinity, the profound unity between Christ and his Church, the loving community which is the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the pure fraternity existing among the saints of heaven (AL325)’.

I invite you to reflect on your own family story today, to ‘connect’ in thought and prayer with your parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family network. Consider what the forthcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin might have to say to your family. What are your hopes for this great global gathering in August 2018? More importantly, what might we do as Church before, during and after the World Meeting, to ensure that our proclamation of ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’ is heard and shared by as many people as possible?

It would be so easy for the World Meeting of Families to end up as a once-off event, an extravaganza which will come and go like a big pop concert or sports final. What might we do together as Church, as ‘a family of families’ to harness the grace and opportunity of this time to ‘re-connect’ families with their fundamental calling and to send a clear and lasting message of hope that Family is Good News for today and for the future?

In choosing Ireland to host World Meeting of the Families, Pope Francis has given a gift to our Church and our country which we have accepted with humility and openness to the graces that it can bring. My hopes for the World Meeting keep coming back to that word ‘connection’.

Family is all about ‘connection’. Family connects us to a home, to ‘ar muintir fein’, the people who are our flesh and blood. It links us to a community, a parish, a county and an ever-expanding network of people and places. Family also connects us to a history and culture, a language and tradition, to our ‘DNA’, our roots, to our past, present and future. 

Family connects us to faith and values, to baptism and the community of believers. I pray that Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families will enable families to ‘connect’ and ‘re-connect’ at a whole variety of levels, both with each other and with the wider ‘family of families’ that is their Church.

The connections within family life are sometimes broken by distance, by disagreement or breakdown, or simply by the pace and distractions of fast-moving everyday life in the twenty-first century. Sometimes we are so busy that families lose touch or drift apart for want of quality time spent together. 

Simple things like eating together, making the effort to be in each other’s company, sharing memories and news of what’s happening in each other’s lives, and of course praying together even for a few moments – these are the links that connect and re-connect families with each other.

Connecting with Family Prayer
During the Synod, Pope Francis led us every day in prayer for the family, connecting us spiritually to the needs of families throughout the world, especially those who experience violence, rejection and division. He offered the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Holy Trinity as ‘icons’ of family love, prayer and communion. 

Might the World Meeting of Families encourage us to revive the importance of prayer in and for the family? 

Many Irish homes have crucifixes, images of the Sacred Heart or of Blessed Mother Mary as reminders of God’s presence among them. Many parents still teach their children to pray Morning and Night Prayers, the Rosary, Grace before meals and the Angelus. Schools create spaces and opportunities to teach our children to pray using the Word of God or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Still, many families today need prayer guidance and support and this is an area where Family Associations and Movements like those here today can connect in with families to offer help.

Connecting with those Preparing for Marriage

With the World Meeting of Families comes an opportunity for us to connect with young people who are thinking about marriage. Many of them have picked up a distrust of commitment and institutions, and even fear that marriage and family may damage their social and economic independence. There is a tendency to delay or avoid life-long commitments especially when employers expect young people to be flexible and available to work long, unsociable hours. 

Meanwhile social media demands so much attention and time and can put serious pressure on relationships.

Into a seemingly ‘soul-less world’ we have the joy and challenge of presenting the Church’s clear and positive vision of marriage and family: the Good News that human life is sacred, that each human being comes from God, who created us, male and female; that God loves each and every one of us; that chastity is achievable, healthy and good for our young people; that self-giving love and commitment in marriage is not only possible, but is a beautiful and fulfilling vocation which can grow and develop with the power of God’s grace.

Pope Francis put it powerfully when he said last January: “The Church, with a renewed sense of responsibility, continues to propose marriage in its essentials – offspring, good of the couple, unity, indissolubility, sacramentality – not as ideal only for a few – …but as a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized faithful (to Roman Rota Tribunal, 22 January 2016)”.

To present this challenging vision of marriage and family we need a network of support for those young people who are preparing to marry. Of course remote preparation for marriage begins in the family home with parents as the first witnesses and teachers of the meaning of marriage and the family. 

It continues in Catholic schools through sound Relationships and Sexuality Education programmes that are in accordance with the Catholic ethos. With regard to the immediate preparation that takes place in pre-marriage courses, The World Meeting provides us with a timely opportunity to evaluate marriage preparation this with the help of our committed ACCORD facilitators and others. Bishops at the Synod spoke about the importance of marriage preparation being more directly connected with parish, with the worshipping community and with supportive couples and families within the parish.

The pre-catechetical programme that will be launched next Spring for the World Meeting of the Families will be a valuable resource for ongoing marriage preparation and support programmes. One of my hopes for the next few years is that we will develop Catholic family support groups at diocesan and parish level who might not only assist with marriage preparation, but also with supporting couples in the years immediately following marriage. 

Intentional Catholic families can sometimes feel isolated so there is a need for more movements and associations like those here today to connect with them and to guide and nourish the vocation and mission of marriage and the family. At the heart of these initiatives is the conviction that it is primarily families who minister to other families, married couples who minister to other married couples, young people who support other young people in the faith.

Connecting at significant moments
I was thinking recently of the times and places where the Catholic Church in Ireland already connects with families. We are there at the a happy moments of family life – like Christenings, Weddings, First Communion and Confirmation days; and we are there at sad times – like funerals, anniversary Masses, cemetery Sundays, or in times of great tragedy or loss in a community. On all these occasions the Church as mother, gathers her children and families around to share joy or to provide comfort. 

I believe we could make more of these sacred moments and spaces. We might consider new ways of linking and connecting with families at significant moments – like important wedding anniversaries, engagement, when the children are starting school, or young people doing exams, when family members are sick, or someone is leaving home. Many parishes have already developed liturgical and pastoral outreaches to mark these moments: we ought to share this good practice more widely.

Connecting with those who feel excluded

The overwhelming desire among the bishops at the Synod was to reach out and connect with all families, and especially with those whose homes are visited by tragedy or violence and those who, for whatever reason, have experienced breakdown in their relationships and may feel excluded from the Church. The Synod was clear that we need to be mindful of those who have begun new relationships and unions, and find sincere and truthful ways of welcoming and including them in the life and worshipping community of the Church.

What do we do in these situations, the Synod asked? Do we sit outside and judge, or do we accompany all our people, presenting the truth and joy of the Gospel in a loving, charitable way. In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis proposes pastoral discernment and accompaniment in difficult situations, including a ministry of care to families with gay members or to those where the marriage relationship has broken down, always conscious that the Christian message of truth and mercy converges in Christ. A challenge for our preparation and celebration of the World Meeting of the Families is how we are going to connect with those who, for whatever reason, perceive that the Church has little or nothing to say to their particular family situation.

The Synod Final Report makes it clear: “We the Church start ‘from the real life situations of families today’, all in need of mercy, beginning with those who suffer most. With the Merciful Heart of Jesus, the Church must draw near and guide the weakest of her members who are experiencing a wounded or lost love, by restoring confidence and hope, as the beacon light of
a port, or a torch carried in the crowd, to illuminate those who have lost their way or find themselves in the midst of a storm” (Relatio Synodi, 55)

The “Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World”

The celebration of the World Meeting of the Families in Ireland is providing us with an opportunity to distil for our times the beautiful and prophetic vision of God’s plan for marriage and the family. We believe that this vision is Good News for society and the world and it deserves particular support at every level including public policy and legislation.

Pope Francis says: ‘The family deserves special attention by those responsible for the common good, because it is the basic unit of society, which brings strong links of union that underpin human coexistence and, with the generation and education of children, ensure the renewal and the future of society.’

The Synod fathers put it this way: ‘A society that neglects the family has lost its access to the future’. 

‘Strong links’; ‘Connections’; ‘Belonging’; ‘Access to the future’ – together, in our homes, parishes, and in across the dioceses of Ireland, let us seize the opportunity presented by this World Meeting to sow seeds for the future of the family which will flourish to benefit our people, our country and our world.

Thank you for your participation here today, for your ongoing support of families and May God bless you all.

Ireland urged to be compassionate to women post-abortion

The head of the UN’s agency for sexual and reproductive health is urging Ireland to treat women who have had abortions with compassion.

Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UNFPA, said he is aware of the abortion debate here. 

He said while the agency can not influence countries’ laws, he can advocate on behalf of women subject to those laws.

“UNFPA would support, and encourage, governments to ensure that abortion is performed safely where it is legal and, where it is not legal, that you have compassionate, post-abortion care,” he said.

Dr Osotimehin was in Ireland for the launch of the agency’s annual population report. This examines family planning, maternity services, and maternal and infant health in 200 countries.

The report has an appeal on behalf of the world’s 60m 10-year-old girls, of whom there are 33,000 in Ireland. Their progress to adulthood will act as a barometer of the success or failure of the UN’s sustainable development goals over the next 15 years.

Dr Osotimehin said the message is for developed countries, too, as no country is without its inequalities.

“If we adopt the view that nobody should be left behind, then we should seek every 10-year-old, everywhere, to be empowered,” he said, adding that developed countries need to monitor how children of different class, colour, and ethnic groups are supported.

This year’s report uses mathematical models to put a monetary value on the economic return to countries of investment in keeping girls at school, protecting them from forced marriages, and giving them access to contraception and equal legal rights to boys and men.

Dr Osotimehin said it is necessary to use different tactics to spread a message.

“Coming from a rights perspective, it is difficult for me to say it is about money,” he said. 
“But we speak to different parts of the house and sometimes the money seems to grab them. So, if you are talking about growing economies, or you talk about money, people listen to you.”

Dr Osotimehin, who was Nigeria’s health minister, was critical of his country’s initial handling of the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants two years ago. A small group were freed in the last week, but 200 remain captive.

“Initially, not enough was done,” he said. “My belief was that the government in Nigeria was in denial about it. But I think the response has stepped up and some have been recovered, but I think we should still accelerate that to get all the rest.”

Peter McVerry Trust to double its housing by 2020

The homeless and housing charity, Peter McVerry Trust, intends to more than double its housing provision to 450 by 2020.

The charity’s five-year strategy plan, launched yesterday, focuses on the housing needs of vulnerable young people leaving institutional care settings and those with complex needs.

Chief executive of the trust, Pat Doyle, said they currently had 165 housing units, 350 shelter beds and 90 hostel beds but now wanted to focus on a long-term solution.

“When we are launching our next strategic plan in five years’ time we want to have more housing units than shelter beds.

“We are not reducing the shelter beds because they are still needed at the moment but the emphasis will be on housing,” said Mr Doyle.

Last year the charity provided 4,221 residential places and helped 171 people to exit homelessness. Of the people supported, 81% were struggling with drug addiction while 60% had a mental health problem.

The average age of individuals supported by the charity is 31, and 74% are male.

Mr Doyle said doubling its housing provision would mean it could play a significant role in the delivery of Housing First, a model for tackling homelessness adapted from the Pathways to Housing created by homeless expert Sam Tsembis.

The model has been widely used in the US and, more recently, has been adopted by homeless agencies in Australia, Canada, Japan and throughout Europe.

It focuses on the immediate provision of long term/permanent accommodation for the homelessness, with supports and services built around the needs of each individual.

“At present, we have a major Housing First programme with rough sleepers. Our aim now is to extend this approach to target young people and people leaving prisons and hospitals,” he said.

Mr Doyle said young people from severely deprived areas, where there were high rates of early school leaving and no proper supports to access education, training and employment, were particularly vulnerable to homelessness.

“Since we published our last strategic plan in 2011 child and youth homelessness has increased by more than 200%.

“These children and young adults are severely impacted by homelessness, and we need to rapidly rehouse them before they become damaged or institutionalised by the system.”

Mr Doyle said it took the charity about eight years to build up to 165 housing units, but the trust had developed a lot of expertise in this area since then.

“Eleven years ago we began to ramp up our housing programme. 

At the time we had 24 beds, two apartments and 13 staff.”

Mr Doyle said the charity would spend around €15m this year providing accommodation and care for homeless people.

October - The Holy Rosary

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To Our Lady of the Rosary
O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty.
Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being.
So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love.
I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues.

Russia poised to ban ‘baby boxes’

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The Russian parliament is poised to ban “baby boxes”—heated incubators in which mothers can anonymously leave a newborn child.

Nineteen baby boxes have been installed in Russia since 2011, according to the Vatican newspaper, and hospitals are automatically alerted of a baby’s placement in the box within thirty seconds.

Fifty children’s lives have been saved, according to a BBC report.

Yelena Mizulina, the lawmaker who is leading the effort to ban baby boxes, said that the practice encourages child trafficking and abandonment.