» 09/22/2009, 00.00
Catholic priest donates kidney to save Hindu man
In Kerala, Father Chiramel offers one of his kidneys to an unknown recipient. The priest said he was inspired by the ‘Year for Priest’. “For me donating an organ is a unique and privileged opportunity to share in Christ’s suffering.”
08/04/2009 SOUTH KOREA
Korean Church marks 50 days since death of Cardinal Kim
A solemn Mass has been celebrated for the conclusion of this period of commemoration. A Catholic TV station stresses the great increase in organ donations for transplant, following the example of Cardinal Kim.
The “ethic of giving”, not market principles or abuses should rule organ transplants, says Pope
Respect for people should come first. Organ trafficking is an “abomination” and so is the idea that embryos can be treated as “therapeutic material”. Organs ought to be removed only from deceased donors, allaying all suspicions of arbitrariness in the process.
Fr Thomas's martyrdom spurs us to dedicate our lives to Jesus, Card Gracias said
The rector of a Bangalore seminary who was killed overnight on Easter will be buried in his native village on Saturday. The authors of the crime remain unknown. For the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), "his death proclaims the death and the resurrection of our Lord."
Stabbed priest had been threatened, intimidated
Even his church had been vandalised. Within a few weeks, he was to complete his mission and return to France. Christians are worried about the escalation of violence.
Priests are “tied” to the Eucharist, Pope says
The killing of Mgr Padovese saddens Benedict XVI’s Corpus Domini. Bad weather prevents the ceremony from taking place in Saint John Lateran Square and the traditional procession from going to Saint Mary Major Basilica. Jesus does not follow in the footsteps of ancient priests, but rather in those of the prophets. He “distanced himself from a ritual conception of religion, criticizing the approach that gave value to human precepts tied to ritual purity rather than observing the commandments of God, that is, to that love for God and neighbour”.
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