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The Evangelist
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


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  • Bishop speaks at pro-life lobby day
    On May 9, pro-life advocates from across New York State came to the State Capitol for the 2018 Lobby for Life Day, sponsored by New York State Right to Life. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger was a guest speaker at the lobby day.
  • Assisted suicide legislation has fatal flaws
    The legal flaws in the so-called “Medical Aid in Dying Act” assisted suicide legislation pose real dangers to the public and to vulnerable patients. In our view, there is no way to fix this legislation, and we will oppose any bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.
  • Bill would help parents who miscarry early

    When parents lose a child to miscarriage, says labor and delivery nurse Sharon Hoffman, “you can never take away their pain.”

    But it brings back some level of control, she says, when they can at least bury their child.
  • Special anniversary of Marriage Jubilee
    On Oct. 1, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger celebrated the 45th annual diocesan Marriage Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany.
  • In 1921, a young Italian who would someday be the prime minister of Italy, Alcide DeGaspari, wrote an impassioned letter to the woman he intended to marry, Francesca Romani. It was a marriage proposal in artful prose.
  • Tony Abbate, 94, holds up a sepia-toned photo of a stunning woman with pincurls in her hair.
    "She's still my sweetheart," he says of his wife, Sheela -- age 19 in the photo, 90 today.
  • Like many couples, my husband and I sometimes struggle to understand one another, unable to see what motivates the other's actions. A few years ago, during a very stressful period of our lives, I found myself angry and bitter with my husband -- could we ever attain reconciliation? -- when I received inspiration from an unexpected source: the Stations of the Cross.
  • "Sometimes, we are a little confused about our Church," said Anne Snyder, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. "I think it's interesting being a person of faith at this point in time, because everything's changing."
  • During October, we in the Roman Catholic community commemorate our annual Respect Life month. The theme for this year's observance is a favorite of our new Holy Father, Francis: "Open your hearts to life."
  • When we marry, we marry into a family. We do not always consider that fact, but we need to do so. When your fiancé and his or her family are members of a different faith tradition, it is very important to spend time with your fiancé's family.



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