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National March for Life 2012 Events Focus on the Unborn (3120)

Highlights from pro-life happenings around the country.

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Dallas March for Lifers make a statement for life.

– Texans for Life Facebook

As marchers gather in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life today, pro-life marches and commemorations around the country have already taken place in solidarity with the main event.
Many were held on Saturday and a few Sunday, while others took place the week before.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the 8th Annual West Coast Walk for Life saw tens of thousands gather in downtown San Francisco to hear pro-life speakers, pray and display unity for the pro-life cause.

The West Coast Walk had a new route that gave the rally even greater visibility this year. The route began at City Hall and proceeded nearly two miles along major Market Street to the Embarcadero.

“My feeling is it did grow in numbers...READ MORE

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'Don't Be Compromised in Your Dedication to the Protection of Life' (1800)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo encourages youth in their pro-life witness at the opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington Jan. 22.

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Teaxs, told more than a thousand young people at a prayer vigil in Washington that the pro-life movement depends on their loving witness in the face of a hostile culture.

“You are a good infection,” the cardinal told the youth gathered at the opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life. “Do not underestimate your presence.”

More than 10,000 people gathered on the evening of Jan. 22 for Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, including many young people from across the country.

The date marked the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Connor Still Inspires Pro-Life Movement (1831)

Georgetown conference in his name on the eve of March for Life features Archbishop Chaput.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gives address at 13th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life.


WASHINGTON — An 80% abortion rate of those with disabilities shows the need to restore a fundamental respect for human dignity in America, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

He underscored that the plight of disabled babies highlights “a struggle within the American soul” that will shape the future of the nation.

“These children with disabilities are not a burden; they’re a priceless gift to all of us,” the archbishop said. “They’re a doorway to the real meaning of our humanity.”

Archbishop Chaput delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life on Jan. 22.

Cardinal John O’Connor, who was archbishop of New York from 1984-2000, is...READ MORE

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'Jesus Didn't Come to Abolish Religion; He Came to Fulfill It' (6306)

A response to recent pro-Jesus, anti-religion Internet video.

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Every once in a while, a video unexpectedly becomes an Internet sensation, garnering attention all over the place and spreading like wildfire through the virtual world.

Just this past week, a phenomenon of this type has emerged in the form of a slickly produced video of a 20-something-year-old man in a leather jacket half rapping, half speaking a poem about Jesus and religion — more specifically how the former came to abolish the latter.

Incredibly, this five-minute video (without much musical or visual enhancement) featuring a single person offering a not very sophisticated argument, as of today [Jan. 20] has garnered upward of 12 million views! A student of mine at the seminary first...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Victory in Illinois (2739)

Former Rockford school where abortion-bound women entered through the 'girl's entrance' finally closed.

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A priest leads pro-lifers in prayer outside the Northern Illinois Women’s Center in 2010.

– Courtesy of Kevin Rilott

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Some refer to the old Turner School as a “house of horrors.” It’s a fortress-like Victorian structure in the heart of town.

The school was closed in 1978 and sold to a man who has a mask of Satan leering from within one of the windows. He transformed the school into an abortion facility, the Northern Illinois Women’s Center (NIWC).

For the first year since 1988, however, no more pregnant women will enter the purple-painted door of the former “girl’s entrance” and then exit without their unwanted children.

The Northern Illinois Women’s Center, the only abortion business within 70 miles, announced Jan. 13 that it would not re-open after a three-month license suspension...READ MORE

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Conversion by Architecture, Why Christ Descended to Hell, Dark Night or Depression, and much more! (1801)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Conversion by Architecture. Click on the link by Fr. Simon Henry to learn more.

Conversion by Architecture - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Why Did Christ Descend into Hell? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Who Can be Saved? - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Dark Night or Depression? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Mary and The Moslems - Patti Maguire Armstrong

Vatican Approves Only Non-Liturgical Catechesis of Neo-Catechumenal Way - Catholic News Agency

Divertissement and Distraction - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Memento Mori - Michael E. Lawrence, The Chant Café

The Theology of the Body: a Fresh Perspective - Yoseph M. Daviyd, David L Gray

It’s the Keys Silly! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why Twilight is...READ MORE

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Pope Reflects on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (3701)

Personal conversions are key to unity, Benedict XVI said Jan. 22. The Holy Father says Catholics and all Christians must pray for unity, which is a call from Christ himself: 'that they may all be one.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said that Christian unity can be achieved only through personal conversions rooted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“We are called to contemplate the victory of Christ over sin and death, that his resurrection is an event that transforms those who believe in him and opens them up to them a incorruptible and immortal life,” said the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address from the window of his Apostolic Palace on Jan. 22.

He told the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to “recognize and accept the transforming power of faith in Jesus Christ that sustains Christians also in the search for full unity among themselves.”


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How to Promote Christian Unity (1216)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 22.

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Sunday, Jan. 22, is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Christian Unity

The week of prayer for Christian unity lasts from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25, the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. To find a great package of materials about the week of prayer for Christian unity, do an Internet search for: Vatican Christian Unity Week.

Conversion of St. Paul

Jan. 25 is a great feast day: the conversion of St. Paul. The Apostleship of Prayer created a nice YouTube presentation about this day during the Jubilee Year of St. Paul. To find it, search for: St. Paul conversion apostleship.

Today, share with your children the extraordinary manifestations of Christ you have either heard about or experienced. For...READ MORE

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