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Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities sponsors Rosary Novena for Life
Fri, Mar 18th 2016 01:00 pm
The 2016 annual Rosary Novena for Life begins on Saturday, March 19, 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.
Vine and Branches: Power of ultrasound to save precious lives
Tue, Mar 1st 2016 12:40 pm
Ultrasound images have become a powerful tool in saving the lives of those still in the womb. Ultrasound exams use ultrasound waves to scan a women's abdomen, creating a picture or "sonogram" of the baby in uterus.
Pope Francis against the death penalty: criminals too have the right to life
Mon, Feb 22nd 2016 09:00 am
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday.
What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 04:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception, a closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise.
Pro Life advocate shares testimony to help others
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 04:00 pm
Jacquie Stalnaker is one of those special people who not only have managed to overcome the very difficult situations in her life, but managed to use them for good and to help others.
Bishop Malone announces Upon This Rock capital campaign
Fri, Feb 19th 2016 09:35 am
On Feb. 18, Bishop Richard J. Malone formally announced Upon This Rock, a five-year, $100 million capital campaign that will fund the Diocese of Buffalo's mission in three specific areas. These three pillars, which the campaign calls "those we serve," "those who serve" and "how we serve," involve investing money into the future of diocesan parishes, caring for retired priests, and supporting efforts of Catholic Charities and Catholic education, all with the goal of ensuring a solid future for the diocese.
St. Gianna Molla Center to hold fifth-annual banquet
Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 01:00 pm
In February, the St. Gianna Molla Pregnancy Outreach Center will be holding its fifth-annual benefit banquet to raise money to buy needed supplies for women it serves who are in need of baby supplies.
Vine and Branches: Truths of Natural Family Planning need to be clear
Thu, Jan 28th 2016 03:00 pm
Many of us in the pro-life movement have heard someone make the claim that they're firmly against abortion but see nothing wrong with contraception. This statement shows a common confusion that blurs the truth, espoused and cherished by our Church, about the gift of life and the dignity of every person.
Despite blizzard, marchers pray for life
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 10:00 am
Once again, Buffalonians had their plans crushed by their archenemy - snow. An incoming blizzard forced a contingent of 360 people from the Diocese of Buffalo to flee Washington, D.C. just an hour before the March for Life began.
Grand jury indicts leaders behind undercover Planned Parenthood videos
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 10:00 am
HOUSTON, TEXAS (CNA/EWTN News) - Updated Jan 25, 2016 at 18:16 MST: The Center for Medical Progress issued a statement saying it "uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws. We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well. Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see."
Pro-Woman. Pro-Life. Is there really a contradiction?
Wed, Jan 27th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - "Women's liberation." "Women's rights movement." "War on women."
Why we march
Fri, Jan 22nd 2016 03:00 pm
Bishop Richard Malone explains the teaching of the Catholic church on the protection of human life in a new "Consider This." Catholics cannot accept abortion as something that is moral and right.
Bishop Malone joins local group for March for Life
Wed, Jan 20th 2016 01:00 pm
The 2016 March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 22. Catholics and others in solidarity will join in a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer for all those victimized by the1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Cardinal Dolan calls for pro-life movement to spread
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Thousands to participate in 14-hour National Prayer Vigil for Life
Fri, Jan 15th 2016 02:00 pm
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 21-Friday morning, January 22, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass during his recent visit to Washington. Over 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life.
Bishop Malone to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Mass
Mon, Jan 11th 2016 10:00 am
A Mass for the observance of the 43rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 2437 Niagara St., Niagara Falls. The Mass serves as a symbol of reparation for the millions of unborn children, victims of abortion; reconciliation for all women and men who have been involved in an abortion; and recommitment to end abortion-on-demand in our nation.
For the first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House
Fri, Jan 8th 2016 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - After the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a budget bill blocking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the legislation will reach President Barack Obama's desk in a historic first for the pro-life movement.
Set plans for March for Life
Thu, Dec 17th 2015 09:25 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone, along with other representatives from the Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of Catholics from across the nation, will join in solidarity in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21- 22, 2016.
U.S. Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood, but veto is expected
Fri, Dec 4th 2015 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - The United States Senate voted Thursday to pass a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, though the White House has said President Obama will veto the legislation.
Pro-Life groups condemn Planned Parenthood shooting, pray for victims
Tue, Dec 1st 2015 10:00 am
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - After Friday's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic killed three but with an official motive for the act not determined, pro-life groups have condemned any act of violence against abortion clinics.
Shuttered rectory sees rebirth as Mother Teresa Home
Thu, Nov 12th 2015 09:00 am
Becoming pregnant while facing an uncertain and unstable future forces women to make one of the most important decisions of their lives. The diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities is now working to build a ministry that hopefully eases the stress of that decision.
Justice Perspective: It's wonderful ... life!
Wed, Oct 28th 2015 01:40 pm
A couple of months from now when the Christmas season rolls around again, I know that my wife and I will once again watch her favorite Christmas movie - "It's a Wonderful Life." You probably remember the story of George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, who is facing so much trouble that he has decided to take his own life. Fortunately, an angel named Clarence talks him out of it by pointing out how much poorer everyone else's life would have been if he had not been born.
Pro-Life director discusses Pope Francis' message on abortion
Thu, Oct 22nd 2015 09:00 am
In September, Pope Francis made headlines when he announced that all priests worldwide will be allowed to hear confessions and forgive women who have had abortions. Cheryl Calire, diocesan director of Pro-Life Activities, discussed this matter and said this will not have a significant effect on Diocese of Buffalo policy, but is an important step toward making the Church more welcoming.
Remembering Baby Jesse and all unborn
Wed, Oct 21st 2015 10:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone referred to Baby Jesse as a "little saint" during a prayer service at St. Mary Cemetery in Dunkirk on Oct. 20.
Prayer service to be held at Baby Jesse's gravesite
Sat, Oct 17th 2015 08:00 am
Bishop Richard J. Malone will preside over a prayer service on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the observance of the National Remembrance Day for the Unborn. The prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Mary Cemetery, 10880 Bennett Road (Route 60), Dunkirk, at Baby Jesse's grave.
Making a Difference: Aborted baby parts for sale
Fri, Oct 9th 2015 09:05 am
When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products - from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations - it's hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.
Bishop Malone: Every life is worth living
Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 12:00 pm
"Every Life is Worth Living" has been a consistent theme of 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.
Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells U.S. Congress
Thu, Sep 24th 2015 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON, DC (CNA/EWTN News) - In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values.
Lobbyist encourages exercising power of vote for pro-life issues
Wed, Sep 16th 2015 08:00 am
About 100 Respect Life coordinators received a civics lesson on Sept. 12, as they learned how they can help make a bill into a law. During the annual in-service sponsored by the Office of Pro-Life Activities, guest speaker Loretta Fleming spoke about the impact people have on the legislative process.
Cardinal O'Malley welcomes pope's Year of Mercy plan for post-abortion healing
Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON - Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded September 1 to Pope Francis' letter allowing all priests worldwide "to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it."
All priests will be able to forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 12:00 pm
VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) - In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins.
Bishop Malone on pope's statement of abortion and forgiveness
Tue, Sep 1st 2015 12:00 pm
After consulting with the Canonists of the Chancery, I have confirmed that the faculties granted to all priests of the Buffalo Diocese include the faculty of remitting the excommunication attached to the procurement of abortion. This has been the case in our diocese since the 1980s during Bishop Edward Head's tenure. By extending this faculty to every priest throughout the world, Pope Francis is reminding us of the limitless power of God's mercy and compassion.
Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country
Mon, Aug 24th 2015 10:00 am
DENVER, COLO. (CNA/EWTN News) - Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.
Effort to defund Planned Parenthood falls short of Senate vote
Tue, Aug 4th 2015 10:45 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - The Senate failed to bring a bill to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood to the floor on Monday evening, in a much-anticipated vote.
'Women Betrayed' by Planned Parenthood speak out against abortion giant
Thu, Jul 30th 2015 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - Hundreds of women - along with scores of men - gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to protest what they see as betrayal of the nation's women at the hands of Planned Parenthood.
Cardinal O'Malley: Planned Parenthood's work reflects 'throwaway culture'
Thu, Jul 30th 2015 08:00 am
WASHINGTON - Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.
Why this Catholic health care development is a game-changer for women
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 02:00 pm
OMAHA, NEB. (CNA/EWTN News) - With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology, has worked for decades to establish a medical network that studies, understands, and treats the female fertility cycle.
Bishops' chairmen renew push to end death penalty, cite progress of last decade
Fri, Jul 17th 2015 11:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The bishops chairing two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) renewed the bishops' opposition to the death penalty in a message, July 16. The message commemorated the 10th anniversary of the bishops' Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty and their accompanying message, "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death."
Even if it's legal, it's not OK - Congress responds to Planned Parenthood scandal
Fri, Jul 17th 2015 10:00 am
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) - An undercover video report on Planned Parenthood providing fetal body parts for harvesting and research should shock the conscience of the country, pro-life members of Congress insisted Wednesday.
Supreme Court puts hold on Texas law regulating abortion clinics
Wed, Jul 1st 2015 01:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - On Monday afternoon the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas' regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.