Health and health care

Mass offers healing, hope for those diagnosed with breast cancer

Cancer patient Mary Callahan received Communion at the Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood. Callahan, who is undergoing her third bout with breast cancer, gestured to her family seated next to her at a reception after Mass and said, “these people are going to help me though this.”

Mary Callahan and her husband, Mike, and several other relatives came to the Mass seeking prayers of healing and support. In January, Callahan was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, her third round in 20 years. This time, the cancer has metastasized to her brain and lung. She said she has found great support from her family and from the faith community.

Gesturing to her family seated next to her at a reception after the Mass June 9 at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Brentwood, Callahan said, "these people are going to help me though this."

Bishops urge action on conscience protection for health care workers

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the U.S. bishops' pro-life and religious freedom committees have asked U.S. Catholics to contact members of Congress and urge them to enact the Conscience Protection Act as part of the funding bill for fiscal year 2018.

Congress faces a March 23 deadline to approve an omnibus appropriations measure that likely would fund the government through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Lawmakers will consider whether to include the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 in the bill.

Cures without cloning

illustration of a stem cell

Father Tad Pacholczyk is convinced that embryonic stem cells will someday cure diseases.

"I often say to people the day is coming when you're going to open the New York Times, and above the fold, it's going to say, 'Embryos cure Parkinson's,' or 'Embryos cure diabetes,'" he said.

City board of aldermen step closer to buffer zone bill

Two Missouri lawmakers have filed legislation that would pre-empt local governments from enacting laws restricting a person's First Amendment rights.

Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) has filed HB 2589, which says that "no city, town or village shall pass or enforce any law, ordinance or resolution that restricts a person from exercising a right enumerated in Amendment 1 of the Constitution of the United States while such a person is on a public sidewalk, street, avenue, alley, or other public place unless state law authorizes such a restriction."

Prayer, faith and good health

Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy — physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years. In fact, Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health reported in 2015 that an analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies "indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health," according to Dr. Harold G. Koenig, center director and among the country's leading authorities on faith and healing.

Ascension president/CEO helps meet global needs in Catholic health care

In 1999, the Daughters of Charity National Health System and Sisters of St. Joseph Health System combined forces and sent a clear message in choosing "Ascension Health" as the name of their new entity.

"We wanted to make a statement that this is not about any particular order but this is about the Catholic Church," said Anthony R. Tersigni, president/CEO of St. Louis-based Ascension, which dropped "Health" from its name in 2012.

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