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‘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 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.

Seattle school staffer quits job after same-sex marriage

SEATTLE (CNS) -- Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain said a local Catholic school's requirement that the vice principal quit after it learned of his same-sex marriage was not discriminatory but held to church teaching and the school's Catholic mission.

Chicago releases files relating to 30 priests accused of abusing minors

CHICAGO (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago Jan. 15 released more than 6,000 pages of documents related to cases involving 30 priests accused of sexual abuse. The documents reveal the story of the priests, the abuse, information the archdiocese had and what action they took.

Indiana bishops support constitutional amendment on marriage

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The six Catholic bishops in Indiana have endorsed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.

‘Prayer, consultation’ led to bankruptcy decision, says bishop

The Stockton Diocese in California becomes the 10th U.S. archdiocese or diocese that has filed bankruptcy protection as a result of the costs of clergy sexual abuse lawsuits since 2004. Payments to victims of sexual abuse amount to $32 million for the diocese.