Life News


Young and old, hundreds of pilgrims seek baptism in Jordan River ritual
Jan 10 2012
QASR EL-YEHUD, West Bank – With 8-year-old grandson Jamal in tow, Hajeh Mattar made her way across a wooden platform alongside the Jordan River. Her plan: to baptize him in the waters of the river at the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism.

Avoiding damage for poor likely to be 2012 focus of Washington advocates
Jan 08 2012
WASHINGTON – With election-year politics pretty much guaranteed to clog up the process of passing legislation this year even more than partisan posturing did in 2011, Washington wish lists for policy and legislation are brief and heavy on defensive thinking.

Contest seeks pro-life video public service announcements
Jan 07 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – The Western Association of the Knights of Malta, based in San Francisco, is sponsoring a contest for the creation of 30-second and 45-second pro-life video public service announcements.

Events in Washington, around US mark 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Jan 06 2012
WASHINGTON – One thing that always stands out in the annual marches and rallies in Washington and across the country marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion is the crowd.

Catholic Review seeks two staff writers, photographer
Jan 05 2012
Due to recent promotions, newsroom reorganization and expansion of staff, Catholic Review Media in the Archdiocese of Baltimore is hiring newsroom personnel.

Catholic faith central to 103-year-old Annapolis resident
Jan 05 2012
ANNAPOLIS – Dressed in a navy blue and white print dress, with matching blue pearls, her gray hair pulled into a bun, Mary McGowan looked peaceful as she read over material from St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis on a December afternoon.

Filipinos warned to leave after landslide devastates mining community
Jan 05 2012
MANILA, Philippines – Residents of a small mining community in the southern Philippines continued mining for gold Jan. 5 despite a landslide that swept through their village and government warnings to evacuate, a Catholic priest said.

More ‘Angels’ in actress Roma Downey’s future
Jan 05 2012
WASHINGTON – Just when you might have forgotten about the family-friendly television series “Touched by an Angel,” series star Roma Downey is tweaking the concept.

Catholic CEO goes undercover for CBS reality series
Jan 04 2012
WASHINGTON – Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO of the Dwyer Group, a collection of home service franchises, donned a wig, pearls and blue jeans to check in on her employees for an upcoming episode of the CBS reality series “Undercover Boss.” And, by and large, she liked what she saw.

National Vocations Awareness Week takes place Jan. 9-14
Jan 04 2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic Church will celebrate National Vocation

MCC hails arrest of abortion doctors
Jan 03 2012
The Maryland Catholic Conference is hailing the late-December arrest of two abortion doctors who were involved in a botched abortion that severely injured a woman at an Elkton clinic in 2010.

Blessed John Paul’s childhood Jewish friend dies in Rome at 90
Jan 03 2012
ROME – Jerzy Kluger, known as Blessed John Paul II’s lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the pope’s commitment to improved Catholic-Jewish relations, died in Rome Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

N.J. nurses don’t have to assist in abortion in new hospital agreement
Jan 03 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A group of 12 nurses who sued the University Hospital in Newark over a policy requiring them to care for patients before and after abortions can no longer be compelled to assist in these procedures, under an agreement reached in federal court.

Nigerian bishops announce day of prayer, say Boko Haram ‘declared war’
Jan 02 2012
LAGOS, Nigeria – The Nigerian bishops’ conference described the Christmas church bombings as the equivalent of war and declared Dec. 31 a day of fasting and prayer to ask God’s forgiveness for the acts.

Former Catholic Review columnist dies at 81
Jan 02 2012
Paulist Father James McCabe, former director of the Family Life Center in Baltimore and a longtime columnist for The Catholic Review, died Dec. 25, 2011 in Toronto. He was 81 and had been battling cancer.