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Annual inservice brings grit to pro-life cause
Mon, Oct 15th 2018 02:00 pm
The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities held a gritty inservice for local Respect Life coordinators. The annual training and information session took place Oct. 6, the vigil of Respect Life Sunday.
Respect Life Mass scheduled for Saturday
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant and homilist at the annual Respect Life Mass on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 780 Main St., Buffalo. During the Mass, the bishop will commission the parish respect life coordinators.
Bishop Malone: Every life is cherished, chosen, sent
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 02:00 pm
"Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent" has been a consistent theme of St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis and one that has particular urgency today. This year's theme for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program fills us with encouragement and hope and calls us to love, defend and celebrate all human life. It calls us to joyfully follow the example of Christ, to love without limits, and further, to act on that sense of true Christian charity.
Catholic Church strengthens language on death penalty
Wed, Sep 26th 2018 01:00 pm
While the Catholic Church has always discouraged capital punishment as part of its pro-life teachings, Pope Francis strengthened the language of opposition in August, changing the Catechism of the Catholic Church to state "the death penalty is inadmissible."
Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON D.C. — Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform.
Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always
Thu, Aug 16th 2018 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON, DC — Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform.
Vatican changes Catechism teaching on death penalty, calls it 'inadmissible'
Thu, Aug 2nd 2018 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - The Vatican changed on Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is 'inadmissible,' and its elimination should be sought.
Cardinal Dolan calls for national prayer effort to support pro-life causes
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.
Supreme Court sides with pro-life pregnancy centers in California abortion case
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 09:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to post information on programs to obtain a free or low-cost abortion.
Local pro-life leader to speak at national conference
Thu, Jun 21st 2018 09:35 am
Cheryl Calire, director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo, will head to St. Charles, Mo., to take part in the national Pro-Life Women's Conference, June 22-24. The three-day event, by women and for women, is to illustrate that women's empowerment cannot be attained by the oppression of other human beings. More than 600 women are expected to attend the conference held at the St. Charles Convention Center.
North Tonawanda parish to host Rosary Novena Mass, accept ultrasound machine
Wed, May 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda, will be the site of the Rosary Novena for Life on Saturday, May 26, at 5 p.m. Father James Kirkpatrick, pastor, will be the main celebrant.
Catholic organizations help ease pain of losing a baby
Fri, May 11th 2018 10:00 am
With Mother's Day coming soon, the Catholic Church wishes to reiterate its focus on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. The faithful pray and protest to end abortion, while at the same time working in hospitals and with the government to care for those who are lost before birth.
Special blessing for unborn babies to be held on Sunday
Wed, May 2nd 2018 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the sixth annual Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb and Mass on Sunday, May 6. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.
New York assisted suicide bill draws fire from disability rights group
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 04:00 pm
NEW YORK CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Disability rights activists are speaking out in opposition to a proposal in New York that would legalize physician assisted suicide.
Abortion-expanding NY budget not good for women or children
Tue, Mar 13th 2018 01:00 pm
In 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo tried to give New York women a present. He called it the "Women's Equality Act," a 10-point plan of policies for women that included protections against salary inequities, sexual harassment, discrimination and domestic violence.
A call for Congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act
Tue, Mar 6th 2018 01:20 pm
WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the 2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currently considering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience Protection Act's inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.
EWTN personality Gloria Purvis share story of life at St. Gianna benefit
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 02:00 pm
The joy and sorrow of modern day pregnancy served as the topic of the evening at the seventh annual benefit to support the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center. EWTN Radio personality Gloria Purvis delivered an address that explained the troubles she had on her journey to have a child.
St. Gianna Benefit Banquet includes keynote by EWTN personality
Thu, Jan 25th 2018 11:30 am
The Department of Pro-Life Activities of the Diocese of Buffalo will hold the 7th annual St. Gianna Benefit Banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center, the pastoral outreach of the Department of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo, provides material, emotional, and spiritual support to mothers, fathers and young families in need from pregnancy through the first years of life. The center follows the example of St. Gianna Molla, the patron saint of physicians, pregnant mothers and unborn children, in respecting, protecting, and cherishing all human life as a precious gift from God. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to support the center. Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone will provide opening remarks and this year's keynote speaker will be Catholic activist Gloria Purvis.
March for Life hears praise from President Trump
Fri, Jan 19th 2018 04:30 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - President Donald Trump praised the pro-life movement's support for pregnant women and touted his administration's pro-life policy achievements in his remarks to the March for Life Friday.
Pray against 'powers of darkness,' Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers
Fri, Jan 19th 2018 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.
National Prayer Vigil for Life set for nation's capital
Wed, Jan 17th 2018 03:00 pm
WASHINGTON—The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18, to Friday morning, Jan. 19, 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 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 58 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States.
Pro-Life Mass honors those dedicated to cause
Tue, Jan 16th 2018 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone and the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities honored those who have stood up in the fight for human life during a special Mass at St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park. At the Jan. 13 Mass, Pro-Vita Awards handed out in five categories to people and groups dedicated to the pro-life cause.
Buffalo Catholic Diocese to participate in March for Life, observances also planned at home
Tue, Jan 9th 2018 06:00 am
The diocesan observance of the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. at St. Bernadette Parish, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant.
'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.