The U.S. bishops have called for a year dedicated to pro-life efforts, following the observance of Respect Life Month in October.

The theme for the program is "Open Your Hearts to Life," and it aims to aid the Church in "following the call given to us by Pope Francis," according to Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston, who heads the pro-life committee for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

"We are called to promote a culture of life where people are more important than possessions and where no child is denied the right to life," Cardinal O’Malley said in a video. Individuals and parishes are encouraged to get involved. Resources are available at

At the center of the pro-life cause is a reflection of Christ’s love for humanity, the cardinal observed: "In all these ways, we give witness to the presence of the Lord in our midst and to the never-failing love of Jesus Christ, who loved us first, loved us last and loves us always."