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March for Life Is Important Witness of Unity, Advocate Says (1637)

Deirdre McQuade of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office says the march builds solidarity and shows the pro-life movement is strong and youthful.

01/22/2014 Comment
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Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities

– Catholic News Agency

WASHINGTON — The annual March for Life plays a foundational role in the Church’s work to promote human dignity at all stages of development, said a member of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life office.

Deirdre McQuade, assistant director of policy and communication for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, told CNA that while numerous contemporary issues deal with human life and dignity, abortion is a “fundamental chop at the root of life.”

Coming together “for mutual encouragement” at the annual March for Life and other pro-life demonstrations is essential in building solidarity and showing that “the pro-life movement is strong, youthful,” she stated.

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Pope Francis Prays (and Tweets) for March for Life (2259)

Holy Father calls for respect for all life via social media.

01/22/2014 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis sent a tweet offering support for the annual March for Life in Washington, praying that all human life would be valued.

“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” he told his 3.5 million English-speaking Twitter followers Jan. 22.

The Pope sent the same message in Spanish to his Spanish-speaking Twitter followers, who number more than 4.5 million.

The pro-life march typically draws hundreds of thousands of attendees of all religious backgrounds, though Catholic participants are numerous. This year's event marks the 41st anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Reaffirms Child-Protection Pledge as Documents Released (1309)

‘We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting,’ the Chicago archbishop acknowledges, regarding sexual abuse committed by archdiocesan clergy.

01/22/2014 Comments (8)

CHICAGO — Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and reaffirmed that no accused priests are presently serving in ministry.

“We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting. It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be,” Chicago's Cardinal George said Jan. 21. “The archdiocese sincerely apologizes for the hurt and suffering of the victims and their families as a result of this abuse.”

The cardinal said the archdiocese hopes that the documents’ release and the work of its Office for the Protection of Children and...READ MORE

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The Sleeping Giant of Pro-Life Latinos Awakens (6048)

Hispanics, whose communities are hard hit by abortion, are beginning to make their voices heard in a pro-life movement that has largely been English-speaking.

01/22/2014 Comments (4)
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Edyth Triana (top left), with other Latina pro-life activists holding their rosaries in front of the Birmingham Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

– Mary Ann Vann

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Edyth Triana first decided to go to the Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Ala., she had trouble finding the building. She and her friend asked an old man in the community for directions, but he did not tell the Latina women where the abortion facility was — that is, until Triana told him why they wanted to go there.

“We explained to him that we had children, and we were coming to this place to pray to stop abortion,” she said.

After that, the old man pointed them in the right direction — just three minutes away in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.

“After that day, I felt in my heart, and my children did, too — and I think for all the persons who came...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Film ‘Gimme Shelter’ Highlights Crisis-Pregnancy Centers (4158)

Film director Ron Krauss said he was inspired by the decades of work by Kathy DiFiore and her Several Sources Shelters with at-risk mothers in need of a safe place.

01/22/2014 Comments (5)
Day 28 Films and Roadside Attractions

“Gimme Shelter” poster

– Day 28 Films and Roadside Attractions

DENVER — A soon-to-be released film chronicling a pregnant teen’s struggle for survival is not so much a story about abortion, the director says, even though the mother chooses life for her child despite difficult circumstances.

“This isn’t a film about abortion,” writer and director Ron Krauss of the film Gimme Shelter, to be released Jan. 24, told CNA in a recent interview.

He affirmed that, although the film is undoubtedly pro-life, the story does not so much center around the teen’s choice to have her child as it does center on her struggle to become a young mother.

“This young girl made her decision to have that child, and when we get into the film, that decision is made...READ MORE

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Reaching Out to an Abortion-Wounded Nation (4373)

A conversation with Project Rachel’s Vicki Thorn.

01/22/2014 Comment

Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel.

As crowds of impassioned pro-lifers gather once again on Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life in Washington, Pope Francis has said more should be done in reaching out to women who’ve had abortions.

Vicki Thorn, founder of the post-abortion apostolate Project Rachel, recently spoke to Register correspondent Sue Ellen Browder about why abortion is still such a hot-button emotional issue and how Catholics can help pour “oil on the wounds” of abortion in our culture today.


As the March for Life unfolds once again, what’s the most important thing pro-lifers, Catholic or otherwise, need to think about when we talk about this sensitive subject?

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Why I'm Not Watching Super Bowl Halftime Show, The Stressed Out Parent's Prayer and More! (4254)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why I’m Not Watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Follow the link by Shaun McAfee to read more.

Why I’m Not Watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show by Shaun McAfee - BigPulpit.com

The Stressed Out Parent’s Prayer - Tina Santiago-Rodriguez, Catholic Mom

Cuomo to Pro-lifers: Get Out of New York – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is It Bad to Date Someone You Met Online? – Aleteia

Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Vampires – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

Cardinal O’Malley with Pro-Aborts at Pro-Abort Mayor’s Inauguration – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Did Cardinal O’Malley Create Another Scandal with a Women Priest? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Positive Liturgical Fruits of Vatican II - Jeffrey Ostrowski, Views from the Choir Loft


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Bikers Join Dallas March in Defense of Unborn Underdogs (3355)

Mark Crutcher, the founder of Life Dynamics, says the biker community is staunchly committed to the culture of life.

01/21/2014 Comments (5)
Life Dynamics

Mark Crutcher

– Life Dynamics

When Texans gathered in Dallas Jan.18 to march for life, the environment was a little louder — and shinier — than what they’ve come to expect at pro-life marches. That’s because it was the debut event for Bikers for Life, a new organization started by the founder of Life Dynamics, Mark Crutcher

Crutcher, himself a longtime motorcycle enthusiast, says the biker community is staunchly pro-life. Given initial response to the launch of Bikers for Life, he says that he expects that, within a year, there will be a “gigantic” biker presence at pro-life events, particularly at abortion facilities.

The Register spoke with Crutcher about this new initiative on Jan. 15, as he was preparing for...READ MORE

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