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Experts, activists address effects of 40 years of legal abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To Gerard Bradley, leading constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Notre Dame's law school, "abortion is the greatest civil rights issue of our time." Bradley was one of several speakers from the legal and medical fields who joined activists at the National Press Club in Washington for a conference on "The Future of Roe: Women, Health and Law in the Obama Era," sponsored by Americans United for Life.

Harbaugh parents know one son’s team will win, another will lose in Super Bowl

BALTIMORE (CNS) — When the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night in 2011 — and John Harbaugh beat younger brother, Jim, in the first NFL matchup of coaching brothers — Jack Harbaugh peeked into the Ravens’ locker room after the game. Jack Harbaugh, John and Jim’s father, was impressed by how […]

Musial recalled as a man who made ‘nobodies’ feel like ‘somebodies’

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- A funeral Mass Jan. 26 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for Stan Musial -- "a true American hero" -- brought comfort to those mourning the loss and a call for others to emulate his life of kindness to all. (Watch videos of Bishop Richard Stika's homily and broadcaster Bob Costas' words of remembrance.)

Judge calls HHS suit filed by Washington archdiocese and others, ‘premature’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 25 dismissed a lawsuit filed against the federal contraceptive mandate by the Archdiocese of Washington and its co-plaintiffs, saying the case is premature in light of the government’s “promises to amend the mandate.” “Importantly, this ruling was not based on the merits […]

At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance, passion to continue

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion. “Forty years ago, people thought opposition […]

West Coast pro-life rally, march ‘here to stay,’ says event’s co-chair

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters crammed San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza and walked through the city's center for the ninth annual Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 26. Following the rally, participants walked the two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building, traveling through the heart of the city's shopping and financial districts, filling Market Street for more than one mile. More than 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

New York couple recalls their nearly 40 years of marching for life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Bill and Peggy Devlin have taken a long view of the March for Life. Since attending the first march around the U.S. Capitol on a 70-degree day in 1974, the couple, from St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, N.Y., have missed just one. In nearly 40 years of marching, they’ve seen […]

New York Archdiocese to close two high schools, 22 grade schools

NEW YORK (CNS) -- This June, the New York Archdiocese will close two high schools and 22 out of 26 elementary schools labeled "at risk."

Faithful urged to preach pro-life in and out of season like St. Paul

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As thousands of Catholics prepared to brave freezing temperatures to participate in the 40th annual March for Life, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas asked them to imitate the example of St. Paul, who preached "in season and out of season." St. Paul "was not afraid to stand in the center of Athens and preach the word of God to politicians and intellectuals," Bishop Farrell said in his homily Jan. 25

Judge dismisses Erie Diocese’s HHS lawsuit, says not ‘ripe’ for review

  ERIE, Pa. (CNS) — Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said he was disappointed a federal judge dismissed the diocese’s case against the federal contraceptive mandate as premature but also said he found encouragement in the decision. “I was obviously hoping that the court would find our case ripe for adjudication,” Bishop Persico said in […]