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Vatican hosts conference on caring for families with severely ill, disabled unborn children (Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life)

The conference—“Yes to Life! Caring for the precious gift of life in its frailness”—seeks to affirm that “no matter the child’s condition, life is always a gift.”

'Aquinas and the Market' wins Vatican foundation's book award (Vatican Press Office)

The Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Foundation, named after Pope St. John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical, has announced that the winner of its International Economy and Society Award is Mary L. Hirschfeld’s Aquinas and the Market: Toward a Humane Economy (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Atlanta priest to lead US bishops' office for clergy, consecrated life, and vocations (USCCB)

Father Luke Ballman has previously served as vocation director and vicar for clergy in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and director of apostolic formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Pope encourages institute in its 'passion and urgency for the mission' of evangelization (Zenit)

The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME, Italian-language link) was founded in Milan in 1850 by Venerable Angelo Ramazzotti (1800-1861), who would become Patriarch of Venice.

Montreal archbishop: legislation secularity is not neutral (CNS)

Montreal’s Archbishop Christian Lepine warns against legislation that would prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by public employees, including teachers. The measure, he said, would force citizens to “conceal their religious identity in the name of a presumed neutrality.”

May. 21 Optional Memorial of St. Christopher Magallanes, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs; Optional Memorial of St. Eugene de Mazenod, bishop (Canada), Opt. Mem.

In 1815, St. Eugene de Mazenod founded the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to evangelize the poorest populations of Provence that were being neglected. He then sent his missionaries to proclaim the Gospel in America, South Africa and Asia. Later on, he was appointed Vicar General of Marseilles and, in 1836, Bishop of this same diocese. Until his death on May 21, 1861, he was at the service of his people with an extraordinary pastoral charity, nourished by an intense interior life. In his city, rapidly developing at the time, he created numerous parishes, built new churches and installed new Religious Institutes. -- Cardinal Bernard Gantin

What Was Jesus’ Real Name? It’s Probably Not What You Think

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Vatican dicastery sees 'grave violation' in Vincent Lambert case (Vatican Press Office)

A court order allowing the end of nutrition and hydration for Vincent Lambert is a “grave violation of the dignity of the person,” according to a May 20 statement from the Vatican’s dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. The statement noted that “to nourish a sick person never constitutes form of unreasonable therapeutic obstinacy, as long as the person is able to receive nutrition and hydration” without intolerable suffering. To stop such care, the statement said, is “a form of abandonment of the patient.”

French court orders resumption of feeding for Vincent Lambert after UN intervention (AP)

Responding to a last-minute intervention by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a French court has ordered doctors to resume the supply of food and water to Vincent Lambert, the quadriplegic at the center of a contentious legal debate. The court ruling came on May 20 after doctors had cut off food and water, on the basis of an earlier court ruling.

Paris archbishop decries 'cruel' court order on Vincent Lambert (Figaro (French))

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris denounced a court decision that allowed doctors to cut off the supply of food and water to Vincent Lambert, remarking that the ruling would “lead to the cruel pain of dying of thirst.” The archbishop observed that Lambert “is in a stable state, not at the end of life.”