Life issues

Ugandan couple is supporting teenage mothers through pro-life organization

Ugandan husband and wife team, Fred and Stella Mugagga, met as missionaries and are building a  home to house young women while they are pregnant and helping them finishing their education. They have come to the U.S. for a FOCUS conference and staying with FOCUS missionary, Maria McDonough and her family. They met with the staff at Birthright of St. Louis.

Fred and Stella Mugagga have a personal commitment to build a culture of life — one smile at a time.

The couple from Masaka, Uganda, was in St. Louis last week to spread the news about their organization, Smile Again Families. The organization provides emotional and spiritual support to teenage mothers in Uganda so that they will choose life for their babies instead of abortion.

Filling bellies and minds


Kim Davis came home one day last spring to find three neighborhood kids sitting on the front steps of her home in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

She didn't know them. They got up to scatter, and she told them, "You don't have to go anywhere." After a few minutes of conversation, the youngest asked for a nickel. The kids didn't have much food in the house, and they wanted something to eat. An older sibling chimed in, and asked if there was anything they could do to earn a little bit of money.

Abortions down in Missouri, but pro-lifers here remain committed to March for Life

Generation Life pilgrims marched from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to Planned Parenthood in 2016.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering — more than 59 million since 1973 — Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

Young Rohingya refugees played soccer Dec. 10 at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Specially established centers in the camps help child refugees with basic education, recreation and counseling services. Before reciting the Angelus Jan. 1, the pope said of migrants and refugees: “Let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let’s not suffocate their hopes for peace.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis began the New Year praying the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees.

"Let's not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocate their hopes for peace," the pope said Jan. 1 before reciting the Angelus with a crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square.

For the New Year's celebration of World Peace Day and the feast of Mary, Mother of God, Pope Francis had chosen to focus on migrants and refugees and their yearning for peace.

COLD EMERGENCY: Catholics rush to respond as freezing temperatures increase risk to homeless


Under a tall railroad bridge in St. Charles County, a couple revealed a small tent stuffed nearly full with blankets. It's been their home for the past five months, but life in a tent has become unbearable in the recent freezing temperatures.

They have enough money for one more night at a hotel, but after that — well, they aren't sure.

"You just have to bundle up," the man said as he looked through a box of snack items in the back of a van operated by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service's Street Outreach team. The ministry visited the area, helping people find a warm place to stay.

New pro-life law goes into effect, despite attempts by Planned Parenthood to block enforcement


As a judge denied Planned Parenthood's request to block a portion of Senate Bill 5, demonstrations were held in front of five Planned Parenthood locations Oct. 24 to shine light on Missouri's newest pro-life law, which went into effect the same day.

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