Vanessa Santilli, The Catholic Register

Vanessa Santilli, The Catholic Register

Vanessa is a communications coordinator in the Office of Public Relations and Communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto and former reporter and youth editor for The Catholic Register. 

You can follow her on twitter @V_Santilli.

Among the many compelling narratives coming out of recent hurricane disasters were stories about displaced residents saving their pets — and rescuing those of complete strangers — amidst treacherous flooding.

In Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate, he wrote, “It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral — and not simply economic — act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility, which goes hand-in-hand with the social responsibility of the enterprise.”

In life, Fr. Edwin Platt exhibited a great love for the priesthood and for the well-being of his fellow priests. In death, that love will endure due to a gift Fr. Platt left for the benefit of his priestly brethren. 

Peter Mohanty believes the obligation of Catholics to support the Church is lifelong — and beyond. We should be generous during our life and remember the Church at death. For Mohanty, that has meant including ShareLife in his will. 

November 1, 2014

Plan beyond the wedding

If you’re tying the knot, it’s time to draft an estate plan.

TORONTO - At a breakout session on maternal mortality closed to media at the maternal health summit in Toronto, experts discussed the merits of abortion, according to Dr. Robert Walley, executive director of MaterCare International.

TORONTO - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has a personal connection to the issue of maternal and child health. He had two siblings die as infants, he revealed on the closing day of the Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm's Reach summit in Toronto.

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has pledged to pump another $3.5 billion into improving the health of mothers, newborns and children in the developing world between 2015 and 2020.

TORONTO - While progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals of improving maternal health and reducing child mortality, challenges remain in order "to reach the most vulnerable and to reach those most excluded," said Rosemary McCarney, co-chair of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

TORONTO - The adage that seeing is believing is being questioned by recent science that suggests the opposite may also be true: believing is seeing.