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 WASHINGTON-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."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East....
CHICAGO (AP) -- For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach....
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe....
NEW YORK (AP) -- Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year's average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver's victory over Carolina is down from the past two years....
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):...
By Carol GlatzVATICANCITY (CNS) -- The papal commission on child protection voted that one of itsmembers -- a survivor of abuse and victims' advocate -- take a leave of absenceand consider other ways to contribute to the advisory body.PeterSaunders, founder and chief executive officer of the National Association forPeople Abused in Childhood, told reporters, however, that he would not leavehis position on the commission."Iwas appointed by His Holiness Pope Francis and I will talk only with him aboutmy position," he said Feb. 6.PopeFrancis established the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in2014 to recommend better ways to protect minors and vulnerable adults and howbest to promote "local responsibility in the particular churches"concerning abuse perpetrated by members of the clergy.JesuitFather Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, confirmed Feb. 8 that the17-person commission, which includes another abuse survivor, "approvedunanimously with one abstention" that Sa...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Chaz MuthRALEIGH,N.C. (CNS) -- When Aida Sarkisian and her family left their home in Iraq forthe U.S., it wasn't because they wanted to. It was because their survivaldepended on it.Therefugees received death threats as far back as 2006 in their homeland becauseof Sarkisian's work as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Baghdad.Theyapplied for refugee status with the International Organization for Migration to relocate to the UnitedStates in 2008, but they were not approved until mid-2015.Theirlong journey to Raleigh included a move into the Kurdistan region of Iraq,where they endured the continuing dangers of increasing violence from theIslamic State, and as Christians they were more vulnerable to attack.Sarkisianand her husband, son, daughter and mother left behind their loved ones, theircareers, their culture, their church and all of their belongings to start a newlife in an unfamiliar land where they knew no one. But, they were free ofdanger.Theym...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Chaz MuthDRIGGS,Idaho (CNS) -- Father Adrian Vazquez bolted out of his rectory in St. Anthonyon a cold November morning, brushed a thin layer of snow off of his SubaruOutback, started the engine and raced down the road to make the 50-mile driveto his mission chapel in Driggs.Thescenery along the way was stunning, with spectacular vistas of the Grand Tetonmountain range.FatherVazquez said he never gets tired of being surrounded by the rustic beauty ofrural eastern Idaho.It'sthe amount of driving he does each week that wears on him.Hemakes the 100-mile round-trip drive to Driggs at least twice a week to tend tohis flock.That'sin addition to 30-mile-round-trip drive Father Vazquez makes to another missionchapel in Rexburg and the 85-mile-round-trip drive to another in Island Park.That'sright, this priest is the administrator of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church inSt. Anthony and three mission chapels located in about a 200-mile radius.Seemlike an enormous jo...
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