Philadelphia

Keep ‘LGBTQ’ out of Church documents, says archbishop

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has told the youth synod that “LGBTQ” should be avoided in official Church documents. The archbishop – one of five US bishops at the synod – said that the Church “doesn’t categorise people” by their “sexual appetites”. As a result, he said, “ ‘LGBTQ’ and similar language should not be used in Church documents”. The Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the synod, includes the acronym, saying that “some LGBT youths … wish to benefit from greater closeness” with the Church. Archbishop Chaput expressed concern that the document did not explain why Catholic teaching about sexuality was “ennobling”.

Toronto

Canadian doctors lay out scenarios for child euthanasia

Doctors at a children’s hospital in Toronto have set out plans for child euthanasia. The proposals, made by doctors, administrators and ethicists at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, were published in the British Medical Journal’s Journal of Medical Ethics. They come three months before the Council of Canadian Academies, an advisory group, reports to Parliament on the medical consensus about extending euthanasia to children and psychiatric patients. Euthanasia was introduced in 2016. The article explained that, if a “capable minor” did not want their parents to know they had asked to die, then under patient confid­­entiality rules doctors must follow the patient’s wishes. The article is backed by the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics.

Modesto, United States

Teenager who gave rosary to dying Kennedy dies at 68

A teenager who gave Robert F Kennedy a rosary as he lay dying from an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago has died in Modesto, California, aged 68. Juan Romero, a 17-year-old hotel worker, or “busboy”, was shaking hands with the Catholic senator after he won the California presidential primary, when Kennedy was shot dead on June 5, 1968. He had met Kennedy a day earlier while bringing room service to his entourage at the Ambassador hotel. “I put my hand between the cold concrete and his head just to make him comfortable,” Juan Romero recalled. “I remember I had a rosary in my shirt pocket and I took it out, thinking that he would need it a lot more than me. I wrapped it around his right hand and then they wheeled him away.”

Managua, Nicaragua

Video of prisoners praying Ave Maria goes viral

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