Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi was born in 1903 in Igboezunu, at the edge of: the forest near the ancient city of Aguleri in southern Nigeria. His parents, Tabansi and Ejikwevi, were Igbo farmers who practised the “traditional religion” and gave him the name Iwene at birth. In 1909 he was sent to the Christian … Continue reading Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi
Parentlessness is a great problem of both domestic and global concern. Parents ideally are the father and mother of a child who have and exercise legal and social responsibility for children – to support, educate, love, nurture, and rear them as members of their family. Yet parentless or partial parentlessness is a persistent scourge of … Continue reading Marriage: The Answer to the Rising Concern of Parentlessness
Nkiruka En-Kee-Roo-Ka The Future is Bright Female Igbo Nigeria Kumapayi Kuh-Ma-Kwa-Yi “Death preserve this life” Male Yoruba Nigeria Olateju hur lah teh ju abundant and spread wealth Neutral YORUBA Nigeria Abisola ah-bee-saw-la Born into wealth Female Yoruba Nigeria Toluwani Toluwani God’s own Neutral Yoruba Nigeria Ekenesenarhienrhien E Ke ne se nar hien rhien appreciation meaning … Continue reading Nigerian names e Ghana names
In reading the Gospels, the Church teaches that God promises eternal life in the joy of His presence to everyone of goodwill(1). Sometimes we welcome Jesus without really knowing him. These are the words of the Lord himself when he talks about the last judgment: «Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared … Continue reading 48. Is it necessary to be christian to be saved?
These witnesses do not tell us anything more than to point out a particular area of human consciousness in certain limited situations (coma, apparent death, etc.) Most people come out of this kind of experience with the desire to change their lives. Jesus died and according to the testimony of his disciples, he rose from … Continue reading 47. And life after death?
It is clear, even from the title—Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation—how Dr. Renate Klein feels about surrogacy. She has spent many years studying, writing, and educating on women’s health, reproductive technologies, and feminist philosophies, and she cofounded Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE). This small but mighty book is densely … Continue reading Surrogacy: A Human Rights Violation
Between euthanasia and extensive therapy, there is a third way the principles of which were defined forty years ago in England: this is referred to as palliative care. This term encompasses various initiatives to increase not the “quantity” of life of the patient – since we are here talking about persons in the terminal phase … Continue reading 45. If euthanasia is not acceptable, what kind of solution do we offer to alleviate the sufferings of people with incurable diseases?
A reparative therapist strongly encourages the establishment of healthy, non-erotic friendships with men. There comes a time, however, when some clients evolve to a point of readiness to enter an intimate relationship with a woman. This readiness must be expressed by the client himself, and cannot be encouraged by the therapist in the same way … Continue reading The Homosexually Oriented Man’s Relationship to Women
Who can know what is going on in the mystery of the heart of a person who is suffering? Who dares to say that this person should no longer live? For Christians, perhaps there is, at this instant, an ultimate moment of meeting, of forgiveness, of offering or of love. All people, believers or non-believers, … Continue reading 44. A person in a coma : what can be done? life support or euthanasia?
Personal Experience For a number of months, I was assailed with anxieties: doubt, guilt, discouragement I tried to resist them with small acts of faith, but I had to do so repeatedly and my difficulties persisted. One day while praying, I complained to God about my anxieties – when all of a sudden I had … Continue reading 43. What’s the meaning of suffering?
Every person, at some time in their life, will find themselves confronted by suffering either personally or in their immediate surroundings. It seems to be the end. Everything collapses And the question springs up: Why? and above all, Why me? What did I do wrong? This is the moment of devastation or revolt in which … Continue reading 42. If God is good, why is there suffering?
For the first Christians, the resurrection after death was a strong reality. They did everything they could to be able to bury the bodies of their dead. When we visit the catacombs in Rome, we are struck by the care and the faith with which the dead were buried. They are laid out as if … Continue reading 46. What do I choose? Burial or Cremation?
If we judge the value of a life according to criteria of efficiency, productivity and economy, society would tend to do away with those handicapped persons who are not useful and who cost a lot because they require so much care. Even so, we are able to share from experience that many people with disabilities … Continue reading 41. What sense is there in the life of a handicapped person?
You cannot accept yourself as you are. Tormented, paralyzed, you feel alone… Above all, you don’t love yourself and you think that no one else is able to love you. You prefer death rather than living in this unbearable way. Death appears as a means of help and it fascinates you. At the heart of … Continue reading 40. Why do I have to live when I didn’t ask to be born?
Dear Members of the Minnesota Legislature, Today I’ve been asked to bring my expertise to clarify the medical and psychological risks for surrogate mothers, and to explain the process it takes for these women to get pregnant. By way of background, I spent my first career in pediatric critical care nursing for nearly 20 years … Continue reading A Surrogate pregnancy is not the same as a natural pregnancy
Worldwide prevalence of adverse pregnancy outcomes among singleton pregnancies after in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27896474 PURPOSE: The worldwide prevalence of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in singleton pregnancies after in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is suggested to vary; however, a complete overview is missing. The aim of this … Continue reading Worldwide prevalence of adverse pregnancy outcomes among singleton pregnancies after in vitro fertilization
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27620630 BACKGROUND: In 2002, the Belgian Act on Euthanasia came into effect, regulating the intentional ending of life by a physician at the patient’s explicit request. We undertook this study to describe trends in officially reported euthanasia cases in Belgium with regard to patients’ sociodemographic and clinical profiles, as well as decision-making and performance characteristics. … Continue reading Euthanasia in Belgium: trends in reported cases between 2003 and 2013
About 400 different languages are spoken in the West African country of Nigeria. They belong to three African language families, namely the :Niger-Cordofanian, the Nilo-Saharan and the Afro-Asiatic family. The three largest language groups in Nigeria are Hausa in the North (23.2 million speakers), Yoruba in the Southwest (22.6 million speakers) and Igbo in the … Continue reading Nigerian Native Languages and Nigerian Pidgin
No one is ever very far away from God: He is not able to stop loving us. « You will not be forgotten by me. I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist; return to me for I have redeemed you. » (Isaiah 44:21-22) Countless times in the Bible … Continue reading 39. I regret what I did : Is it too late to do anything about it?
“Evil is not only a deficiency [or the absence of good],”, explains Pope Paul VI, “but… a living [spiritual] being, who [is both] perverted and a perverter. A terrible reality. Mysterious and terrifying. He is enemy number one, tempter par excellence. We know that this obscure and frightening being really exists and that he is … Continue reading 36. Isn’t the Devil just a projection of our evil inclinations?