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Millennials’ pro-life commitment wows bishops

Millennials’ pro-life commitment wows bishops

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 27, 2015–Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for Life. “You look out in the crowd and you see so many young people,” remarked Orthodox Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. He said it gave him great hope [...]

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan 27, 2015–Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world. In the past week, Boko Haram has: captured nearly 80 people in Cameroon, freeing 24 of them; seized [...]

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015–Tens of thousands of people walked down Market Street in San Francisco, chanting, “We are the pro-life generation” in the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast, the largest pro-life demonstration not only on the West Coast but in the western United States. Second only in size to the March for [...]

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan. 26, 2015–A week of violence targeting foreign nationals and their businesses in Soweto and other Johannesburg townships is a national disgrace and “continues South Africa’s shameful history of xenophobia,” said The Jesuit Institute South Africa. The attacks and looting that left at least four people dead started Jan. 19 when [...]

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Who inspires the young pro-lifers of today? Pope Francis

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan 24, 2015–Young pro-life advocates emphasized Pope Francis’ influence on their witness for the defenseless unborn child at the 2015 March for Life, held in the nation’s capital Jan. 22. “I think one thing we’re aware of, especially in Pope Francis’ tenure, is caring for the least. And there’s no more least than [...]

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KENEMA, Sierra Leone, Jan 23, 2015–From providing spiritual support to ensuring preventive care, the Diocese of Kenema in the eastern part of Sierra Leone is deeply involved in the country’s fight against the Ebola virus. This vital struggle continues, even as the epidemic has largely dropped from the headlines in the US. Bishop Patrick Koroma [...]

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NIAMI, Niger, Jan 23, 2015–The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country. Reports indicate that more than 40 churches were torched over the weekend to protest the new caricatures of Mohammed published by [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 22, 2015–“We are the pro-life generation! We are the pro-life generation!” The chant could be heard along Constitution Avenue, as cold weather in the nation’s capital did not deter the masses from taking part in the 2015 March for Life. The massive crowds – consisting largely of young people – swarmed downtown [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 22, 2015–For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass. “What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the [...]

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TEXAS, Jan 21, 2015–Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia as Auxiliary Bishop of Austin, to assist the diocese’s chief shepherd, Bishop Joe Vásquez, in his governance of the local Church. The appointment is significant for the diocese, as Fr. Garcia will be the first auxiliary bishop since it was established in 1947. “This [...]

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Details of the proposal for Pope Francis’ US visit revealed

MANILA, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015–Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full [...]

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2015–Across California, church leaders greeted with joy the news that Pope Francis intends to canonize in September one of the state’s most well-known figures, Blessed Junipero Serra, founder of many of the state’s Catholic missions. The pope said during a news conference Jan. 15 aboard a flight to the Philippines that [...]

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 16, 2015–Kenya’s bishops insisted that “no further mass tetanus vaccination campaigns” take place in the country until the “vaccines have been appropriately tested and proven to be safe.” The Jan. 14 statement signed by all of the bishops followed a recent report that one-third of the vials of the tetanus vaccine tested [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, Jan. 16, 2015–It’s not just the candidates-in-waiting, pundits and political donors who have the 2016 election on their minds. More than 100 Christian faith leaders are anticipating the campaign, too. Under an umbrella organization called Circle of Protection, the leaders want any and all presidential candidates — but especially “major” candidates — to [...]

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One family under God: Archbishop Gomez addresses immigration reform

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan 12, 2015–For Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, if the Church is a family, then the faithful are all brothers and sisters. This familial attitude is especially true when it comes to migration, Archbishop Gomez notes in his Jan. 9 column for Angelus News. “We are all family. And family has to [...]

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WASHINGTON, Jan 11, 2015–Nearly five years after one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to rock the Western Hemisphere, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti’s expansive earthquake zone. While significant, the number is small compared with the original 1.5 million people who were left homeless and dependent on [...]

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