No Greater Love: Mother foregoes cancer treatment to give life to her daughter

Photo credit: Joice family

Photo credit: Joice family

When Elizabeth Joice became pregnant last year, it was something of a miracle. Joice had battled lung cancer – undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy, surgery and more chemotherapy, to ensure the tumors were gone – and doctors told her she had no hopes of ever becoming pregnant.

Elizabeth, 36, was cancer-free for three years after her treatment, but she and her husband, Max, desperately wanted to become parents. In June of 2013 they discovered that they were expecting. Max said,

“I totally blew a gasket. They said there was no chance this was happening — and here it was happening.”

However, a month later the couple was devastated to learn that the cancer had returned. Doctors removed the tumor, but because she was pregnant her oncologist could not perform an MRI to see if the cancer was spreading. Her doctors told her she had two choices: abort the baby and begin cancer treatment or delay the cancer treatment until after the birth of her baby, which would risk her life. (more…)

Posted in News

The Pope and the President

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama had their first meeting today at the Vatican, where the pope and the president discussed several subjects of relevance to the Catholic Church in the United States.

Among the topics reportedly discussed during the 50-minute meeting were religious freedom, life and conscientious objection. These topics are a source of tension between the Church and the federal government,  particularly with the contraception mandate in the new healthcare law that requires nearly all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs – all of which are contrary to Church teaching.

The Vatican did highlight that there were two main points of harmony with President Obama in the meeting: immigration reform and the “common commitment to the eradication of the trafficking of human persons in the world.” (more…)

Posted in News

Italian nun becomes internet phenomenon

singing_nun_the_voice_italySister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, has become the fastest-growing internet phenomenon of all time after her performance on the Italian version of The Voice went viral.

Sr. Cristina sang “No One” by Alicia Keys and stunned the judges with both her talent and her religious habit. When asked what brought her to perform on The Voice, Sr. Cristina said,

“I have a gift and I am giving it to you. Shouldn’t things be that way?” (more…)

Posted in News