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Laudato si’ Week 2021, running May 16-25, will be the pinnacle of the Special Laudato si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the progress the Church has made on its journey toward ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.
Whether it’s a health-related event, job loss, or other significant financial hardship, COVID-19 has struck the most vulnerable Californians the hardest
The physician-assisted suicide bill is up in committee; celebrating healthcare workers; Happy Mother's Day!; and battling low vaccination rates in underserved communities in this week's Insights.
Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused on Medi-Cal funding.
While demand for COVID-19 vaccines has fallen over the past couple weeks, the CDC released a new graphic that outlines "safe" and "safer" behaviors for fully vaccinated individuals that includes activities like attending small, outdoor events with other fully vaccinated people, and attending crowded events like concerts or sporting events.
It was an unusually busy news week for California elections in a non-election year. Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced that the campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom officially has enough signatures to trigger a recall vote, while California's unprecedented population exodus cost a congressional seat.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an immense amount of stress globally over the last year, with increased anxiety and fear. Additionally, there has been an increase in child abuse and domestic abuse, further signs that proper social and emotional health are not being adequately addressed.
Bishops denounce violence against Asian Americans; reactions to the Derek Chauvin verdict; USCCB denounces NIH's plan to resume fetal tissue research; and the state senate budget proposal in this week's Insights.
A Minneapolis jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin this week of the murder of George Floyd. The jury in the closely watched trial took 10 hours over two days to convict Chauvin of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in eight weeks.