Cardinal finds prayer, penance needed for end of abortion

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2013 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Prayers and penitential hearts must be at the foundation of efforts to restore a genuine respect for life in America, observed Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston. “Our nation greatly needs our prayers and personal sacrifices,” said the cardinal, who chairs the pro-life committee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The evil of abortion inflicts unimaginable pain, but Jesus offers us healing … [Read more...]

Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life

Denver, Colo., Jan 22, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Hundreds of pro-life advocates gathered on the west steps of the Colorado capitol on Sunday for the March for Life rally and walk ahead of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Father Rocco Porter, pastor of Blessed John XXIII University Parish in Fort Collins, Colo., encouraged the crowd to persist in their advocacy to end legalized abortion, which the U.S. Supreme Court declared a constitutional right in 1973. “God's plan takes … [Read more...]

Obama says ‘gay marriage’ necessary for national progress

Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2013 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he entered his second term as U.S. President, Barack Obama stressed the need to modernize American values through changes such as a redefinition of marriage. The American journey “is not complete,” Obama said on Jan. 21, until gay individuals have their unions “treated like anyone else under the law.” He argued that “gay marriage” is necessary for equality, “for if we are truly created … [Read more...]