Missouri Monastery to Become a Home for Expectant Mothers

Details:  A former monastery for Catholic nuns is preparing for new life.  It will now become home to Life House Crisis Maternity Home, which has partnered with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri. For more than forty years, it was a quiet place of prayer.  “They were here praying, praying for all of us in southern [Read More...]

Pope’s Message for Day of Life: “The Glory of God is Seen in a Living Human Being”

From the Vatican news site:  Pope Francis sends message of support for human life to Catholics in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales. Below is a communique from the Bishops ‘Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) attached with the Pope’s message signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. In a special message to Catholics [Read More...]

Hundreds Offer to Adopt Unborn Down Syndrome Baby Days Before Planned Abortion

A remarkable example of the power of social media:  When the Rev. Thomas Vander Woude learned about a young couple planning to abort their unborn baby that had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, the priest reached out and offered a deal: Deliver the child and he would help find an appropriate adoptive family. But he had to [Read More...]

Erie Bishop Says Hospital Can No Longer Be Called “Catholic”

Details:  With the change in sponsorship from the Sisters of Saint Joseph to Highmark, Bishop Lawrence Persico announces the health system will no longer be considered a Catholic institution. Bishop Persico has officially made an announcement that says it’s his responsibility as a pastor, teacher and priest to inform the faithful of his decision. In [Read More...]

Forgiven: Woman Sentenced to Death Will Leave Prison, Go Shopping with Victim’s Grandson

Paula Cooper’s case garnered international attention—earning sympathy from Pope John Paul II and from an Italian friar, Fr. Vito Bracone (shown above) who organized a petition drive to spare her life. Now, after nearly three decades, she is about to go free. Details:  Paula Cooper was just 16 years old when she became the youngest [Read More...]

Pelosi Defends Late-Term Abortion as “Sacred Ground”

Details, from ABC News:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today bickered with a conservative reporter who asked her to explain the moral difference between live-birth murder and abortions executed during the final four months of pregnancy. Pelosi began her news conference today by criticizing a Republican-sponsored bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks without [Read More...]

Walking the Walk: Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance

Details from Sports Illustrated: Retired Ravens center Matt Birk spoke out Thursday morning on Minnesota’s KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the team’s visit a day earlier. Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler who was on the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl team, said [Read More...]

Culture of Death: Rescuers in China Save Newborn Flushed Down Toilet—UPDATED

Details: Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries. A tenant heard the baby’s sounds in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in [Read More...]

Stem Cell Breakthrough, as Scientists Clone Skin Cells

Details:  Scientists have successfully changed skin cells into embryonic stem cells, marking the first time human stem cells were cloned by transferring the nucleus of another cell. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) were able to create embryonic stem cells, which are valuable for research because [Read More...]

Graphic images at abortion protests: is this free speech?

The Supreme Court may soon decide.  Details:  Kenneth T. Scott opposes abortion, and he says so in public. Sometimes he holds up large pictures of aborted fetuses. Sometimes he makes his points near churches that he believes are not doing enough to combat abortion. A couple of years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that hateful antigay protests [Read More...]