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The 12-Year-Old Whom Bishops Admire (6557)

Meet Zack Goodman, young pro-lifer.

01/22/2011 Comments (12)
Goodman family

Young pro-lifer Zack Goodman is supported in his efforts by Denver’s Auxiliary Bishop James Conley and Pastor Walter Hoye II of the Issues4Life Foundation in California.

– Goodman family

Zack Goodman is not your typical 12-year-old. He just organized the third pro-life march held in the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colo., an event he initiated in 2009 as a 10-year-old.

Zack is no less than a pro-life powerhouse.

After his dad Phill Goodman’s assignment in the U.S. military brought the family to Colorado Springs, Zack and his mom, Christina Huschak, were watching the March for Life and the Walk for Life West Coast on EWTN. He thought it would be great to go in person. When his mother said it was too far and it was too bad they didn’t have anything in the area, Zack took only a moment to think about it.

As he describes it, “I came back 30 seconds later and said, ‘Well, I...READ MORE

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Remembering Judge John Roll (4721)

Faith, hope and charity were on his agenda the day he was killed in Tucson. According to those who knew him, they always were.

01/21/2011 Comments (8)
Chuck Evans

Judge John Roll and his wife, Maureen, would have been married 41 years this Monday, Jan. 24. Friends describe them as having been very devoted to one another and to the Church.

– Chuck Evans

TUCSON, Ariz. — On his last day on earth, Judge John Roll exemplified Catholic virtues that have marked his life — faith, hope and charity.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, he attended the 8:30am Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, his parish church in Tucson, where about 75 people heard a reading from 1 John: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding.”

Going to Mass almost every day was part of the 63-year-old judge’s regular practice of faith, which also included reading Bible passages in a daily devotional.

And it was an act of hope — if only in the ability of public servants to...READ MORE

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State of the Unborn (7435)

A Register editorial on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

01/21/2011 Comments (3)
2008 CNS illustration/Emily Thompson

An illustration depicts a human fetus in a womb.

– 2008 CNS illustration/Emily Thompson


The state of the unborn is not strong.

If you were an unborn baby, and if you were aware of all your “options,” you might think of them in these terms:

“I could have a nice life in here for the next nine months. This is what Mommy went through once, a long time ago, and now she’s bringing me into the world. I hope I can have a baby of my own some day.”

Or: “My life could end in any number of ways. If I don’t die naturally, I could be pulled out with a vacuum device. I could be torn apart with surgical instruments. I could be scalded to death with a saline solution. I could be allowed to proceed down the birth canal and have my brains sucked out before I’m allowed to be fully born.”

“If my...READ MORE

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A Life Dedicated to Life (2424)

One of six ‘Life Prize’ winners began her mission as New York state legalized abortion. Now she’s working on the international level to protect the unborn.

01/20/2011 Comments (5)
Gerard Health Foundation

Jeanne Head

– Gerard Health Foundation

Jeanne Head was a delivery room nurse at a New York City Catholic hospital helping to bring new life into the world on her night shift and lobbying against abortion by day. That was 40 years ago.

Since fighting the 1970 New York state abortion law, she has dedicated her life to the cause of life. She co-founded the Manhattan Right to Life Committee and Birthline Hotline in 1972 and the Metropolitan Right to Life Foundation in 1987 and has served in a number of positions for New York State Right to Life Committee.

She is presently on the board of National Right to Life Committee and is NRLC’s vice president for international affairs and United Nations representative.

On Jan. 22, she...READ MORE

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National Catholic Register Acquired by EWTN (14416)

The world’s largest Catholic media network is the fourth owner of the 83-year-old newspaper.

01/19/2011 Comments (52)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Eighty-three years after its debut in Denver, and 15 years after its purchase by the Legionaries of Christ, the National Catholic Register is being acquired by the world’s largest religious media network, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The acquisition, finalized at the end of January, marks the third time in the newspaper’s history that a new owner has stepped forward to preserve and expand the newspaper’s service to the Church.

Under the terms of the transaction, no cash will be exchanged between the parties. EWTN will take over the ongoing operational expenses of the Register and will assume the paper’s future subscription liabilities.

“I am very pleased...READ MORE

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Will Haiti Still Look Like This in a Year? (7633)

Reconstruction is painfully slow. And the cholera epidemic is still spreading relentlessly.

01/18/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters

HOW LONG, O LORD? A woman prays in front of the destroyed Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 12, as Haitians marked the first anniversary of the earthquake that flattened much of the capital.

– CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — During the week of the first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, it was difficult to tell that the disaster struck the country one year ago.

While the streets of Port-au-Prince have been mostly cleared of rubble left by the magnitude 7.0 quake that killed some 200,000 Haitians, block after block of the city is ruined. There is almost no reconstruction under way, or even removal of imploded buildings and toppled utility poles.

The roads of Port-au-Prince are a mind-bending maze of crater-sized holes and mounds of garbage, making them nearly impassible to any vehicle except four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs or the large, white United Nations transports.

Islanders...READ MORE

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Martin Luther King’s Dream Is Our Dream (3427)

1 foundation girds both the civil-rights movement and the pro-life movement.

01/17/2011 Comments (2)
1967 CNS photo from Pittsburgh Catholic

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Msgr. Charles Owen Rice march to the United Nations in New York.

– 1967 CNS photo from Pittsburgh Catholic

Just seven days separate the commemoration of two of the most important dates in the history of the United States.

Jan. 15, 1929, was the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. For the last 25 years, it has been celebrated as a national holiday.

Jan. 22, 1973, marks the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which, together with that same day’s Doe v. Bolton decision, guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion on demand, for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy. For the last 38 years, it has been marked by pro-lifers from coast to coast as a day of mourning. To the shame of our nation, it is also celebrated by some as a victory.

These two historic dates might seem to...READ MORE

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Marching for Life Across America (3928)

Local events to commemorate Roe v. Wade increase and multiply.

01/17/2011 Comments (5)
CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff-Nordby

Judy Machesic of Sunbury, Pa., listens intently during the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington last Jan. 22.

– CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff-Nordby



WASHINGTON — The annual March for Life is scheduled for next Monday, Jan. 24. Not everyone can make the trip to Washington, D.C. But that doesn’t leave thousands of supporters from large cities and small towns across America out in the cold.

From the city where the Roe v. Wade court case was first argued to the Rocky Mountains to the Big Apple, plans are in place for commemorations on or near the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down most abortion laws in America.

In San Francisco, Walk for Life West Coast (WalkforLifeWC.com) has ballooned yearly, from 7,000 participants in 2005 to more than 35,000 last year, according to Dolores Meehan, Walk for Life...READ MORE

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