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‘Life is winning in America,’ vice president tells March for Life rally

WASHINGTON—Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. Jan. 27 that “life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress.” Pence addressed the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, making him the highest government official to address the annual event in person. As a member […]

Cardinal Dolan: If sanctuary of the womb is violated, no one is safe

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York warned that if the sanctuary of the womb is violated, then other sanctuaries are at risk. “Can any of us be safe, can any of us claim a sanctuary anywhere when the first and most significant sanctuary of them all, the mother’s womb protecting a tiny life, can […]

School choice initiatives gain momentum

WASHINGTON—School choice initiatives are no longer at the back of the class raising their hand and never getting called on. Today, they are taking a front seat in education circles, state assemblies and even Washington politics. Vouchers, tax credits and education savings accounts — earning more state approval in recent years and optimistically looking for […]

Bishops urge all faiths to end the practice of ‘othering’

COLUMBIA—Bishop Herman Yoos of the South Carolina Synod of the Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in America told the crowd that during times of national division, Christians have no choice but to reconcile with each other, overcome differences and join together to proclaim Christ’s mes­sage. “If ever there was time when we need to be compelled toward […]

Bishop Vasquez: Trump’s moves will ‘tear families apart,’ harm communities

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration criticized President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it would “put immigrant lives needlessly in harm’s way.” Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, also criticized Trump’s memorandum on a surge […]

Students and staff are thrilled to be at home in new school

MYRTLE BEACH—As Catholic Schools Week approaches, students at the Diocese of Charleston’s newest high school are finally home. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic High School’s students, faculty and staff officially moved into the new building at 1300 Carolina Forest Blvd. just before Christmas break on Dec. 16. Classes had been held in a nearby church […]

School staff’s quick actions help save life of child who had heart failure

INDIANAPOLIS—The fear flashes in their eyes again as the educators recall rushing to the child who was lifeless on the ground. In one moment, 11-year-old Ethan Velazquez raced across the playground at Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis, playing soccer with his friends. In the next moment, he collapsed — becoming immediately unresponsive, showing no signs […]

Pope Francis closes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

VATICAN CITY—Divided Christians need to recognize the gifts God has given to other communities and learn from them “without waiting for the others to learn first,” Pope Francis said. Leading an ecumenical evening prayer service Jan. 25 for the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis said Christians must overcome the […]

Pro-life leaders praise House vote to make Hyde Amendment permanent

WASHINGTON—U.S. House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, making the 41-year-old Hyde Amendment permanent, puts the country “one step closer to getting the federal government out of the business of paying for abortion once and for all,” said the president of National Right to Life. “Over 2 million Americans are alive today […]

Though snubbed by Women’s March, pro-life groups still participate

WASHINGTON—After being removed from a list of partner organizations for the Women’s March on Washington, members of a pro-life group based in Texas decided they still would take to the streets Jan. 21 to take part in the historic and massive event. And they said it was a good decision. “Overall, it was an amazing […]

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