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'Bubble zone' law could end Ontario's March for Life, bishop warns
Tue, Oct 31st 2017 02:35 pm
OTTAWA, CANADA (CNA/EWTN News) - Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Canada, called into question Ontario's new "bubble zone law," which he said restricts the peaceful efforts of the pro-life movement.
Recipients of St. Vincent Parish baby shower are doing well
Mon, Oct 30th 2017 09:00 am
The beneficiaries of a baby shower the diocesan St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center held earlier this year are doing well, according to a parishioner of St. Vincent Parish in Springbrook who made the event possible, along with St. Gianna Molla Center director Cheryl Zielen-Ersing.
Domestic abuse survivor received support from diocese
Fri, Oct 27th 2017 04:15 pm
For years, Angel (name has been changed) was a victim of domestic violence and felt like she was alone with no one to help her. However, this young mother overcame difficult circumstances with support and assistance from diocesan staff, and is currently living at a local women's shelter with her children after getting the help she needed to escape from her abuser and begin the long road towards healing.
Advocates maintain peaceful presence outside clinic
Wed, Oct 18th 2017 03:00 pm
For those who wish to advocate for the pro-life cause in a visual, humanitarian way, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities supports training for so-called "sidewalk advocates," people who stand outside of abortion clinics holding anti-abortion signs and praying. These advocates stand in front of an abortion clinic on Main Street in Buffalo early on Saturday mornings, as they will do in the month of October.
Catholic pediatrician to speak in Lancaster parish
Thu, Oct 12th 2017 03:00 pm
Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Lancaster will welcome Respect Life Month by bringing in a Catholic doctor to speak against physician-assisted suicide as part of its Faith Enrichment Speaker Series.
Trump administration announces broad exemptions for HHS mandate
Fri, Oct 6th 2017 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - (CNA/EWTN News).- The Trump administration announced broad new exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate on Friday, giving relief to religious non-profits and others with deeply held religious or moral convictions regarding contraception.
Cardinal Dolan urges passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Fri, Sep 29th 2017 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). It is expected to come to the House floor the first week of October. The bill, introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), proposes a ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization.
Mass and Life Chain to highlight Respect Life Sunday
Mon, Sep 25th 2017 11:40 am
Bishop Edward M. Grosz, Auxiliary Bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Respect Life Mass on Sunday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Knights of Columbus team with Pro-Life department to bring ultrasounds to area clinics
Thu, Sep 14th 2017 11:00 am
Three organizations in the Diocese of Buffalo have formed a pro-life trinity. The Knights of Columbus and Catholic Health have teamed up with the Office of Pro-Life Activities to bring ultrasound machines to the eight counties of Western New York.
Faith community nurses host sessions on end-of-life documents
Wed, Sep 13th 2017 10:10 am
While many people do not like to think about end of life decisions, these topics are often not brought up or discussed until it is too late for them to plan ahead, leaving them unable to make informed choices. In response to this need, faith community nurses will host a four-part series on important documents people should prepare - advance directives, wills, power of attorney and funeral preplanning - on Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, held from 7-8:30 p.m. on each date at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst.
Victories celebrated, training begun at diocesan Respect Life in-service
Mon, Sep 11th 2017 12:00 pm
Those laboring to cultivate a culture of life in New York received some good news at the Respect Life in-service sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that the New York State Appeals Court affirmed that the current state laws against physician-assisted suicide are constitutional.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery dedicates space for unborn fetuses
Wed, Aug 2nd 2017 02:45 pm
As part of a collaboration between Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston and Catholic Cemeteries, the two entities came together on Aug. 2 to bless and dedicate a new space on the grounds of Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston for families who have suffered losses associated with miscarriage. The newly dedicated section of the cemetery is designated specifically for fetuses aged 20 weeks or younger.
Pope asks for parents' wishes to be respected in Charlie Gard case
Mon, Jul 3rd 2017 01:55 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Stepping into a tumultuous legal battle involving a UK couple's push for a say in the treatment and death of their terminally ill son, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the child, and asked that the parents' wishes be respected.
Justice Perspective: The new pro-life movement must protect all stages
Wed, Jun 28th 2017 11:00 am
In the Dec. 20, 2016 issue of Commonweal magazine, this sentence appeared in an article entitled, "Abortion and Social Justice": "Nothing would do more to energize social-justice movements than a broad-based coalition that was able to break through the impasse of abortion politics in the United States."
Baby showers bring goodies for mothers
Sun, Jun 18th 2017 08:00 am
Throughout the winter months and this spring season, several parishes sponsored successful diaper drives and baby showers, collecting items to serve families of the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center. As an outreach of the Pro-Life Office of the Diocese of Buffalo, St. Gianna's serves mothers, fathers and young families during and after pregnancy, providing material, emotional and spiritual support. Families facing challenges in providing for their babies are referred to the center by social service agencies. Through generous parish and individual responses to their needs, they are provided with diapers, wipes, clothing and other items fundamental to the daily care of their children. The families are grateful not only for the material assistance, but also for the care and hope offered at the center.
Speak up for the voiceless, Pence encourages Catholic prayer breakfast
Wed, Jun 7th 2017 10:55 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - United States Vice President Mike Pence exhorted those in attendance at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday to continue to be a "voice for the voiceless", after proclaiming that "life is winning" in the nation.
Blessing of a Child in the Womb planned for Sunday
Thu, May 4th 2017 04:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will mark the Diocese of Buffalo's fifth annual Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb at a special Mass on Sunday, May 7. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
Catholics speak out against execution of two more Arkansas inmates
Tue, Apr 25th 2017 04:00 pm
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (CNA/EWTN News) - As Arkansas prepares to conduct the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000, Catholics prayed for all involved in the execution and the victims of the capital crimes.
Rosary Novena for Life begins
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
Each year, the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo sponsors a Rosary Novena for Life. This year, it begins on Saturday, March 25, with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Parkside and Parker avenues, Buffalo, and will continue on one Saturday each month through November.
Adoption Mass to be held at Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Wed, Apr 12th 2017 01:00 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities and Baker Victory Services are sponsoring a Mass for all those who have been touched by adoption -- birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, grandparents and other relatives.
Cardinal Dolan welcomes Congressional action to nullify Title X rule
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 04:15 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, praised both chambers of the U.S. Congress for taking action to nullify a bad policy imposed by the Obama Administration. Congress' joint resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res 43 / S. Res. 13) was passed by the House in mid-February, and by the Senate on March 30, 2017. It overrides a rule change made late in the Obama Administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to community health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care. The rule change went into effect on January 18, 2017.
Pence casts tiebreaking vote as Senate advances pro-life measure
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in the Senate Thursday to advance a measure allowing states to once more have the freedom to avoid funding Planned Parenthood clinics with federal "family planning" grants.
Lost baby Bernadette laid to rest
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 10:00 am
For the second time in two years, the Diocese of Buffalo bid farewell to an abandoned deceased baby. On Feb. 27, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Father Jeffrey L. Nowak presided over memorial and burial services for Baby Bernadette, a girl 27 weeks along in gestation.
Bishop Malone to preside at memorial service for abandoned baby
Fri, Feb 24th 2017 01:00 pm
Joining efforts and resources, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Amigone Funeral Home and Catholic Cemeteries will provide a memorial service and burial for baby Bernadette, an abandoned deceased baby. Buffalo's Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the presider at the memorial service on Monday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Life, conversion of Roe v. Wade's Norma McCorvey remembered
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 08:55 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - As the woman at the center of the case legalizing abortion in the U.S. passed away, pro-life leaders hailed her ultimate conversion on the issue and her ensuing struggles to promote life.
Banquet for St. Gianna Pregnancy Center tells of pro-life namesake
Fri, Feb 17th 2017 11:00 am
The sixth-annual St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center banquet offered a witness of the saintly testament to the value of life. Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, a friend of the Molla family, spoke about the legacy of the saint who died rather than abort her daughter.
6th annual banquet to benefit St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center
Fri, Feb 10th 2017 02:00 pm
The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, the pastoral outreach of the Office of Pro-Life Activities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, has become a significant resource in the Buffalo and surrounding Western New York area. The Center will hold its sixth annual benefit banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave.,
Bishop Malone: It's a matter of life and death
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 03:00 pm
Two lethal bills have been introduced in Albany: A.1748 in relation to abortion expansion, and A.10059/S.7579 in relation to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Cardinal Tobin praises Trump admin on pro-life stance, criticizes on immigration
Wed, Feb 1st 2017 09:05 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA) - In the first days of U.S. president Donald Trump's administration, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark said he has seen encouragement on pro-life matters, but cause for concern when it comes to refugees.
Cardinal Dolan: Abortion undermines everyone's human rights
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In a culture where abortion is prevalent, no one's rights are safe, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York insisted at a national pro-life Mass before the March for Life.
Pence to pro-life: Win hearts with compassion and love
Fri, Jan 27th 2017 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged pro-lifers to win over hearts with gentleness and compassion at the 2017 March for Life on Friday.
Thousands to participate in National Prayer Vigil for Life
Wed, Jan 25th 2017 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 26 to Friday morning, January 27, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion nationwide. Since those decisions, over 57 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.
President Trump restores pro-life Mexico City policy
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, an international pro-life regulation that is generally seen as an indicator of an incoming president's views on abortion.
Poll: 6 in 10 Americans favor 20-week abortion ban
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Ahead of the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. a survey shows a "consensus" favoring a 20-week abortion ban, which President Trump has pledged to sign into law if passed by Congress.
Pro-lifers carve space for themselves at Women's March
Tue, Jan 24th 2017 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - Amid signs proclaiming "Keep Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries," "#IstandWithPlannedParenthood", and a host of other homemade posters ranging from the snarky to the explicit at the Women's March on Washington, pro-life women staked a spot in support of women's dignity - and against abortion.
USCCB Pro Life Chairman applauds re-establishment of Mexico City Policy
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 04:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the memorandum issued today by President Donald Trump restoring the Mexico City Policy and extending its requirements to all U.S. global assistance.
Awards recognize determination work of pro-life workers
Mon, Jan 23rd 2017 09:00 am
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities presented the annual Pro-Vita Awards during a special Mass on Jan. 21 at St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda. The Pro-Vita Awards were established in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1995 and are presented to people who best exemplify respect for all life.
'Pray for life. Stand up for life.'
Fri, Jan 20th 2017 11:00 am
In "Consider This," Bishop Richard J. Malone talks about President Trump, the March For Life and the pro-life words of Pope Francis from his exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia."
Pope Francis: having an abortion to keep your figure is a big problem
Fri, Jan 13th 2017 02:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - On Wednesday Pope Francis issued strong words against worshipping idols, cautioning against the false hope that beauty, wealth and power can give, but which lead a person to trust in empty promises rather than in the Lord.
96-year-old still defending the unborn after quarter century
Thu, Jan 12th 2017 08:00 am
As a pilot with the United States Army Air Corps, Michael Mombrea Sr. began his adult life training fighter pilots to fly missions over Europe during World War II. In the twilight of his life, this 96-year-old continues to fight on a battleground of a different kind; the fight to save the unborn.