Life News


Cardinal links religious liberty fight with abortion struggle
Jan 23 2012
WASHINGTON – Participants at the annual March for Life were urged in advance of the march not to let themselves be compromised in their beliefs as the federal government pursues regulations that Catholic leaders say constitute an attack on conscience and religious liberty.

Abortion leading to less respect for lives of disabled, archbishop says
Jan 20 2012
PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia hospital’s alleged refusal to provide a kidney transplant to a mentally disabled 3-year-old is yet another example of the harm caused in the United States by the Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion, according to Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Archbishop Broglio speaks with pope about spiritual care of US military
Jan 19 2012
VATICAN CITY – The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken a tremendous toll on members of the military and their families, said Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, but military service also has strengthened the faith of many Catholics and even been a source of vocations.

Texas bishops applaud court decision to uphold sonogram law
Jan 14 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Catholic bishops applauded the Jan. 11 decision of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the state to enforce a sonogram law requiring abortion providers to offer women the opportunity to view the ultrasound images of their unborn children.

Iraqi archbishop ‘not afraid’ after residence shot at by gunmen
Jan 13 2012
VATICAN CITY – Gunmen shooting at guards keeping watch over the archbishop’s residence in Kirkuk in northern Iraq triggered a firefight, leaving two of the gunmen dead and five policemen wounded.

Leaders express joy in Cardinal-designate O’Brien’s elevation
Jan 11 2012
Leaders throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore and around the country expressed joy in Pope Benedict XVI’s elevation of Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien to the rank of cardinal. Many called the move a sign of the pope’s confidence in the cardinal-designate’s leadership and a tribute to his many decades of service to the church.

Three-year study of women religious completed; Vatican reviews results
Jan 11 2012
WASHINGTON – A three-year study of U.S. women religious called for by the Vatican has been completed with the final comprehensive report recently sent to Rome.

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.