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My wife, LaRee, never knew her maternal grandmother. Her grandmother's name was Dora and she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Dora was institutionalized in a mental hospital in 1932 at 34 years of age.
Seventy-five years ago the shame and stigma of having a family member in a mental institution was so great that few people in the family ever mentioned Dora. She never got out of a mental hospital and eventually died there. Life went on and it was as though Dora never existed. It seemed that everyone forgot about her — but my wife did not forget.
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A sound like a cat crying came from the dumpster. The passerby stopped. He turned to walk away, but the cry came again.
So he went to the dumpster, hoisted himself up, looked into the mass of black and green garbage bags to see if he could find the yowling animal.
On any given day, the papal table may feature extra-virgin olive oil, lightly pasteurized milk, fresh eggs, free-range chicken, honey, apricots and peaches — all straight from the farm at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo.
The Dublin Archdiocese has admitted that money from parishes has been transferred into a special fund used to compensate victims of clerical sex abuse.
Despite challenges, hardship and trials, Catholics in India must continue to evangelize, Pope Benedict said.
True religious freedom includes allowing believers to contribute to their countries' political discussions and to allow their beliefs and morals to impact the way they engage in public life, said the Vatican's foreign minister.
While a new study of evangelical college students finds that up to half of them can drift from their faith while attending school, Catholics in campus ministry say that the findings are applicable to Catholic college students as well.
Zambia's first elected Catholic president told members of his parish he will base his rule on the Ten Commandments.
Looking at the centuries-old buildings and palaces, not many people would know the Vatican has become a techie paradise, a wonderland of modern equipment and know-how.
Bro. Columba Moujing picks apples at Ampleforth Benedictine Abbey.