Sister Constance Veit,
communications director for
the Little Sisters of the Poor.
(CNSNews.com) – Sister Constance Veit, one of the Little Sisters of the Poor in attendance at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union, told CNSNews.com that a part of the speech that affected her was when he “expressed the desire for respect for all faiths in the same paragraph as he talked about Pope Francis — so it was just my prayer that it would all be a reality.”
The Little Sisters of the Poor are part of the Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell, which will decide whether the government can force the Little Sisters and other Christian organizations to go against their religious beliefs and cooperate with a federal mandate, issued under Obamacare, which requires almost all health care plans to cover abortion-inducing drugs and devices, as well as sterilizations and contraceptives.
To pay for or support in conscience the use of such products and services is contrary to Catholic moral teaching.
Sister Veit, communications director for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the United States, spoke with CNSNews.com at the March for Life rally on Friday, Jan. 22, where she and several other sisters came out on stage to join in prayer with those marching.
“We always try to take part in the March for Life just to show our solidarity with those who are defending the lives of the unborn because all human life is sacred,” Sister Veit said. “Although we focus on the end of life as Little Sisters of the Poor, it’s all a continuum so we just like to be part of the movement.”
Sister Veit added that, “today we’re also here because of our lawsuit currently before the Supreme Court over the HHS mandate just to ask people to pray for us and support our efforts in that case.”
The Little Sisters of the Poor run homes in the United States and more than 30 countries around the world to care for the elderly poor. The religious order was founded in France in 1839 by Jeanne Jugan, who was canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI.
Sister Veit and Sister Loraine Maguire were both invited by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to attend President Obama’s State of the Union earlier this month.
“One part that did really touch me was when he brought up Pope Francis,” Sister Veit said of the president’s address. “He actually expressed the desire for respect for all faiths in the same paragraph as he talked about Pope Francis — so it was just my prayer that it would all be a reality.”
Some of the Little Sisters of the
Poor, a worldwide Catholic religious
order that aids the elderly poor. (AP)
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