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‘Safety first’ plan urged to protect West Virginia workers, residents

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) -- In a letter to West Virginia Catholics about the recent chemical spill in their state, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said "safety first" must be "a lived reality" within West Virginia's coal mining and chemical industries.

Millennials at march say age group most aware of costs of abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite single-digit temperatures, thousands descended on Washington Jan. 22 to declare their opposition to abortion.

Nebraska Lifeboat Coffee company aims to boost U.S. pro-life groups

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) -- John Lillis, a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, had seen God's intervention for life play out in more than one way long before starting a new coffee company with a mission to help pro-life groups earn money.

Youths must help world see God has plan for ‘each life,’ priest says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Braving near-record low temperatures and Arctic-type wind chills, thousands of young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States gathered in Washington for a rally and Mass prior to the annual Jan. 22 March for Life.

‘No sacrifice too great’ for pro-life cause, says March for Life head

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The polar vortex couldn't chill the ardor of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally Jan. 22 in Washington.

Gov. Cuomo to right-to-life conservatives: Get out of New York

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pro-life supporters and members of two Republican organizations Jan. 21 urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a formal apology for saying that "extreme conservatives," including those who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage, have "no place in the state of New York."

Pro-lifers told to stay hopeful to overcome ‘shrine to personal choice’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The winter storm may have prevented Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to come to Washington to celebrate the Jan. 22 closing Mass of the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life, but the homily he wrote made its way to thousands of listeners. Watch CatholicPhilly.com later today for the full homily.

Abortion supporters rely on ‘subterfuges,’ Cardinal O’Malley says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supporters of legal abortion are like the emperor from fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes," said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston Jan. 21. "'The king's new clothes' today are called reproduction rights, termination of pregnancy, choice, and many other subterfuges that disguise the reality and the brutality that is abortion," he said.

Caring for women, the unborn seen as issues in clinic buffer zone case

WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- Massachusetts pro-life advocates who went to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in an abortion buffer zone case said caring for women and being the voice of the unborn are among the issues at stake.

Were Rev. King alive today, he’d welcome all immigrants, says speaker

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would not close America's borders, nor would he only welcome the better educated, professional immigrants, said a retired Indiana college chancellor, the son of Mexican immigrants.