Cardinal Dolan: Newborn in manger a positive sign of a culture of life

Clergy processed at the beginning of the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life Jan. 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation.

WASHINGTON -- A baby in a manger is proof enough for Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York that Americans can express a culture of life.

And it wasn't the Christ child. Instead, it was a newborn infant left by his mother in the crib of a manger scene at a parish in the New York City borough of Queens.

2016 called ‘watershed’ moment for pro-life movement

Lisa Johnston
People prayed over David Daleiden outside of the Planned Parenthood building under construction in Wash., D.C. Daleiden is an anti-abortion activist who worked for Live Action before founding The Center for Medical Progress. In 2015, Daleiden released videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing reimbursement for donations of fetal tissue and organs.

WASHINGTON, D.C — This year promises to be a "historic and watershed moment" for abortion and how unborn children are treated in this country, according to the founder of the Center for Medical Progress.

David Daleiden, who led the undercover video investigation of Planned Parenthood, spoke to about 300 people Jan. 21 at a prayer rally and protest in front of a Planned Parenthood facility under construction in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal.

Staying involved, promoting life: A guide to getting, or staying, involved in pro-life issues

Mary Frese, a parishioner at St Martin De Porres, prayed the Rosary Jan. 16 with 500 others outside of Planned Parenthood as part of the Respect Life Apostolate Annual Memorial Mass and Prayer Vigil.

The national Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C, and the local one in Jefferson City are just two of the ways pro-lifers can stay involved in supporting the culture of life. This go-to guide gives other ways to support and promote life.


Since 2000, the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate has offered the monthly Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass and Rosary procession to pray in front of Planned Parenthood.

Catholics urged to use social media, novena to share pro-life message

WASHINGTON -- As the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision approached, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities urged everyone concerned about "the tragedy of abortion" to recommit themselves to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one."

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York also called on Catholics to participate in a new "9 Days for Life" campaign launched by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Scripture guides us in fight against abortion

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the principal celebrant for Mass at the Carmel of St. Joseph as Discalced Carmelite Sister Zélie Marie-Louise made final profession. Sister Zélie Marie-Louise lay on the altar with her hands outstreched in cruciform as the Litany of Saints was sung.

This week we mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and we will participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The readings for the week offer us two important lessons for our approach to the March.

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Hold My Hand campaign offers boost to pro-life movement

Logo for Hold My Hand.

Planned Parenthood has shown its hand. Now it's time for pro-lifers to show theirs.

Hold My Hand is a new website dedicated to getting more people active in the pro-life movement.

The pro-life website, found at www.holdmyhand.net, which debuted in October at the Respect Life Convention, includes a pledge to help bring an end to Planned Parenthood. It also includes specific ideas for getting involved through education, service, prayer, advocacy and on social media.

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