US bishop joins call for stronger gun laws

Washington D.C., Jan 23, 2013 / 12:03 am (CNA).- Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif. and leaders of several major Catholic organizations urged a better response to the “crisis” of gun violence, including criminal background checks on all gun buyers. “In light of the tragedy in Newtown – and in Aurora, Tucson, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Oak Creek, and so many more – we know that no more time can be wasted,” read the letter to Congress members … [Read more...]

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After 40 years of abortion, bishops voice sorrow, hope

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders across the U.S. expressed both grief and renewed determination on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout America. “Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the scourge of abortion is still a part of our land,” said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., “but the faith, love and witness of our young people is a reminder to all of us that in the end, truth, … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese vows continued anti-abuse efforts

Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 22, 2013 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- As former priests face litigation over sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has renewed its commitment to protect the young people of the Church. “No institution has learned more from mistakes made decades ago in dealing with priests who have abused young people than the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” said a Jan. 22 release from the archdiocese. “The past cannot be changed, but we have learned from it. We are … [Read more...]

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Women recount pain, suffering following abortions

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2013 / 02:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Forty years after abortion was legalized throughout America, women who have been victims of the procedure are speaking out about the trauma and suffering it has caused in their lives. “Women need better options than the death of their baby,” said Olivia Gans Turner, who became the director of American Victims of Abortion after experiencing the deep emotional pain that accompanied an abortion. Turner was one of five … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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