Address inequality in health care access, Pope urges pediatricians (Vatican Press Office) “In our time, in fact, increasingly often prevention and treatment become the prerogative of those who enjoy a certain standard of living, and therefore can afford it,” Pope Francis told members of the Italian Federation of Primary Care Pediatricians. “I encourage you to work to ensure that this inequality is not added to the many others that already afflict the weakest, but rather that the health system assure assistance and preventative care to all, as rights of the person.”
To protect planet and indigenous persons, change lifestyles, Church leaders say (CNS) At least eight cardinals attended a Georgetown University conference devoted to “integral ecology: a synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes / territories for the care of our common home.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, emphasized the Holy See’s commitment to indigenous persons.
On World Water Day, Pope calls for care of water resources (Vatican Press Office) “We are all architects of the future,” said Pope Francis in a message to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, released for the observance of World Water Day. “Water is an essential good for the balances of ecosystems and human survival, and it is necessary to manage it and take care of it so that it is not contaminated or lost.”
Malta's president meets with Pope (Vatican Press Office) Catholicism is the state religion of the Mediterranean nation of 449,000 (map). Church-state collaboration, European integration, and migration were among the issues that Pope Francis and Vatican officials discussed with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
Bishops announce opposition to Equality Act (USCCB) The Equality Act (H.R.5 / S. 788), sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), “would add the new terms ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the definition of ‘sex’ in federal civil rights laws,” the US bishops’ conference noted, adding: “Each and every person should be treated with dignity and respect ... Rather than offering meaningful protections for individuals, however, the Equality Act would impose sweeping regulations to the detriment of society as a whole.”