Global Health - Overview

Inspired by Gospel teachings to "love thy neighbor as thyself," the Catholic health ministry has served people of all ages, races and backgrounds for centuries in missions, clinics and hospitals worldwide. CHA supports members, partnering organizations and the church in a global mission of healing through research, education, consultation and collaboration. To learn more about this initiative, available resources or what your organization can do to help, contact Bruce Compton.

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CHA Guiding Principles

5th Anniversary Edition: Guiding Principles for Conducting Global Health Activities

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Renewing Relationship
Essays as We Evolve and Emerge from Pandemic

Incudes essays from Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios, and many more global health leaders.
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Additional Observances from the CHA Prayer Library

2010 Earth Day Reflection

Dec 13, 2017, 16:16 PM

Reader 1:

As we gather to celebrate Earth Day, we celebrate the beautiful gift of creation, the mystery and glory of nature, and the earth that has been put into the care of our hands. Let us remember that as keepers of this world it may mean that we need to give up some of our wants and needs to assure the survival of this earth. And so, together we pray for the strength and courage to carry this out.

Reader 2:

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!

The heavens declare Your glory,

the arch of the sky displays Your handiwork

In Your love You have given us the power

to behold the beauty of Your world

robed in all its splendor.

The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,

the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence.

The raring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might,

the beast of the field and the birds of the air

bespeak Your wondrous will.

In Your goodness You have made us able to hear

the music of the world.

The voices of the loved ones

Reveal to us that You are in our midst.

A divine voice sings through all creation.

Traditional Jewish prayer

Reader 3: A Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

Reader 4:

Remembering we who enjoy the bounty of the earth are one with the earth and have not always been good stewards of this blessing, we reflect upon the words of Pope Benedict in his 2010 World Day of Peace message, whose theme was, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation."

  • We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries.
  • We cannot remain indifferent to what is happening around us, for the deterioration of any one part of the planet affects us all.
  • Our duties towards the environment flow from our duties towards the person, considered both individually and in relation to others.
  • …many people experience peace and tranquility, renewal and reinvigoration, when they come into close contact with the beauty and harmony of nature.
  • …as we care for creation, we realize that God, through creation, cares for us.

 

Reader 5:

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep with rain. — Adapted from Ute prayer

All:                  
Loving Creator, help us honor the earth, the gift of all life, and our oneness with You.  Come Holy One, heal and renew the face of the earth as you heal and renew our hearts.  Help us live out our faith by becoming better stewards of Your beautiful creation.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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