In Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) he said: “At the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others. The content of the first proclamation has an immediate moral implication centred on charity.” As I reflect on the year in review for the Development and Relief Agency, I am confident we have responded to Pope Francis’s call to be focused on charity and engaged with our local community in a manner that has had a positive impact for those in need.
As we come into Men’s Health Week from 10 – 16 June, it is important we take a few moments to stop and do a quick “how’s my health” checklist. A recent article published by The Conversation said “men can expect to die approximately five years sooner than women, and men are more likely to die as a result of unintentional injury and suicide relative to women”. The authors state “one possible explanation is that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor and less likely to be honest once they get there”, primarily because men have bought into a cultural script about masculinity that says we need to be tough, strong, brave and self-reliant.