life issues

Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, pope says

A man filled buckets with drinking water at a public filling area Feb. 3 in Aleppo, Syria. Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said Feb. 24 at a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a “Dialogue on Water” at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

VATICAN CITY — Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said.

"The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity," the pope said Feb. 24 during a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a "Dialogue on Water" at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Looking at all the conflicts around the globe, Pope Francis said, "I ask myself if we are not moving toward a great world war over water."

Editorial | Life issues intertwined

Human life is sacred. The dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.

But at times, society operates contrary to that foundation.

We continue to see human life under attack through abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is threatened by embryonic stem-cell research, the death penalty and hybridization — last month scientists announced a successful human/pig chimera: an organism containing cells of two species.

The Church upholds the value of respecting life, from conception to natural death.

President of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod speaks out in opposition to Board Bill 203

President Matthew Harrison of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is joining with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in opposition to Board Bill 203, calling it a threat to the synod's beliefs in the sanctity of human life.

St. Louis pilgrims brave elements to witness to life

Father Andrew Burkemper, right, hugged Chuck Raymond after Father Burkemper’s bus arrived at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester early in the morning Jan. 25. Four buses from Missouri Right to Life were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in a blizzard after the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The thick grime that coated the bus from top to bottom was the lasting evidence of what a group of pilgrims went through when they traveled to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., last month.

Nearly 50 pilgrims arrived at St. Joseph Church in Manchester around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25, after spending more than 24 hours stuck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the massive blizzard that hit the East Coast Jan. 22. The bus was one of four from the Missouri Life Caravan, organized annually by Missouri Right to Life, that were stuck on the turnpike.

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.

PRAY

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.

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