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Australia’s bishops recently called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism that dehumanizes the elderly. “People are not commodities, to be valued only for their productivity or purchasing power,” says Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.
Changes have been made to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage.
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal was launched Sept. 13 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The theme of the appeal this year is “the face of mercy,” echoing the message of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.