Editorial | Life issues intertwined

Human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.

But at times, society operates contrary to that foundation.

We continue to see human life under attack through abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is threatened by embryonic stem-cell research, the death penalty and hybridization — last month scientists announced a successful human/pig chimera: an organism containing cells of two species.

The Church upholds the value of respecting life, from conception to natural death.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians called to restore dignity to sick, imprisoned

Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience Nov. 9 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s catechesis focused on two works of mercy, visiting the sick and visiting the imprisoned.

VATICAN CITY — Visiting the sick and the imprisoned are works of mercy that not only benefit the suffering and the abandoned, but benefit the visitors who are enriched by being with those who suffer like Christ, Pope Francis said.

While the works of mercy are ancient, they still are relevant today for those who are deprived of freedom and "suffer one of the greatest hardships of human beings," the pope said Nov. 9 at his weekly general audience.

We respect life when we belong

Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.

Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.

Less stress, more rewards when faith unites with work

People participate in the work of creation by means of their labor, and work united to Christ can be redemptive.

Those statements in the Catechism of the Catholic Church are on target for Catholics of the archdiocese who find God plays a role in their work and helps it become spiritually rewarding.

Career Change

In her work, Eileen Wolfington discovered that she loves teaching — not in a formal classroom setting, but in enhancing the information and skills people already have.

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran's top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion.

Editorial | ‘Decent’ work provides dignity

Labor Day is a lot like other holidays that are observed on Mondays — we enjoy the time off, or at least the break from traffic if we have to work, but we often don't give much thought to its significance.

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