Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

How to meet God at your lowest point

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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I don’t remember most of Autumn, because I lost my mind late in the summer and for a long time after that, I wasn’t in my body. I was a lightbulb buzzing somewhere far. After the doctor told me I was dying, and after the man I married said he didn’t love me anymore, I Read more

Reflections on cancer diagnosis: “Michael I thought you were dead”

Monday, November 11th, 2019
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Dealing with a cancer diagnosis was the catalyst for a new book of poems from Wellington poet and publisher Michael Fitzsimons, with the title of Michael I thought you were dead. “Michael I thought you were dead is an honest and searching account of what it feels like to confront one’s mortality and find spiritual Read more

A new direction for Ozanam House

Monday, August 19th, 2019
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The Ozanam House Trust has provided accommodation in Palmerston North for cancer patients and their caregivers since 1967 It was the brainchild of members of the Palmerston North St. Vincent de Paul Society. People requiring treatment for cancer have, until now, had to go to Palmerston North from other mid-north Island places to receive treatment Read more

Talk to your guardian angel each day, Pope tells kids with cancer

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

God has given everyone a guardian angel so that “he may help us in life,” Francis told a group of young oncology patients from Poland when he met with them at the Vatican on Friday. “Become accustomed to talking to your angel so that he may take care of you, give you encouragement and always Read more

What should I know about dying with cancer?

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

For all the world’s teachings on death and dying, the patient who doesn’t lament it for one reason or another is rare. Some people are unprepared to die. Others are worried about those left behind. Some are angry. Many are frightened. Not everyone is hungry for more life, but almost everyone at some point feels Read more

The Story of Ozanam House cancer home

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

A Home Away From Home Like No Other, published by the Ozanam House Trust to celebrate a half-century of the House’s operations, tells the history of this charitable endeavour. Conceived by the Society of St Vincent de Paul and developed in 1971 in collaboration with the Cancer Society Manawatu, the original Ozanam House began with Read more

Belgian Catholic nursing home fined for refusing euthanasia

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Judges in Belgium have fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to allow the euthanasia of a lung cancer sufferer on its premises. The St Augustine rest home in Diest was ordered to pay a total of €6,000. This was after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to Mariette Buntjens. Days later, the Read more

Pictures of dying young nun go viral on social media

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Pictures of a dying Argentinian nun, smiling and serene though battling with cancer, have gone viral on social media. Thousands have shared the images and heartfelt prayers. Carmelite Sr Cecilia Maria died on June 23, aged 42. From her bed she never stopped praying and offering up her sufferings with the certainty that her encounter Read more

Kiwi passion play director dies on Good Friday

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

One of New Zealand’s most prolific TV producers, Ross Jennings, died a year after directing a Passion play in Auckland. Mr Jennings, 71, died on Good Friday after a battle with cancer. Last year he directed “They Crucified Him”, a Passion play which portrayed Jesus’ last days on Earth. It featured a largely Pacific Island Read more

Young priest dies of cancer weeks after ordination

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

A young Italian priest given special permission to be ordained two years before he finished his seminary studies has died of cancer. Fr Salvatore Mellone, 38, from Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie archdiocese, died on June 29, two and a half months after he was ordained. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the young priest was given special Read more