On Dec. 4, 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, Boris and Dushka Vujicic were anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child, but his arrival in the delivery room that day resulted in both shock and confusion.
Their precious son had no arms and no legs.
Students from three local Catholic schools joined an estimated 5,000 young singers from around the world for the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores — the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church — held in Rome and Vatican City Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.
Surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with two high profile cases where two different surrogate mothers of triplets rejected requests to have abortions. And one organization is responding by saying the practice is so unethical it should be banned.
California’s Catholic bishops rallied opponents of the state’s assisted suicide law on Tuesday to continue their efforts to correct lawmakers’ “grave mistake.” Though opponents failed to collect enough signatures for a state referendum, the bishops encouraged further work to defend the vulnerable.
When life can do more: Lianna Rebolledo, a rape survivor, becomes a pro-life advocate and voice for those suffering similar experiences
When she was 12, her innocence was violated. But they couldn’t violate her immense love for life. That’s why today, Lianna Rebolledo is a counselor, prolife activist and founder of the nonprofit organization “Loving Life” (www.lovinglife.org).
As of Jan. 1, crisis pregnancy centers in California must inform their pregnant clients that a state-funded abortion is one of their options.
The ruling went into effect after a federal judge in California upheld a recently passed law, Reproductive FACT Act (AB775). The judge rejected arguments from three pregnancy centers that the law violates free-speech rights.
On Jan. 4, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento thanked Californians for their “admirable efforts” to overturn the “End of Life Act,” a bill legalizing assisted suicide, but announced that the referendum had failed to garner the required 365,880 signatures. Bishop Soto promised to continue to fight the legislation through educating Catholics and working with Catholic healthcare providers.
In April of 2001, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood served as the site of the greatest loss Brother Cesar John Paul Galan, FSP, would ever endure: the death of his brother Hector due to gun violence.
On Dec. 19, Archbishop José Gomez joined Adopt-A-Family volunteers as they made house calls to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, stopping by apartments on Skid Row to deliver Christmas gifts, groceries and clothing to families in need.
For Claudia and Alfonso Miranda, struggling to make ends meet is an everyday reality. The couple share a tiny, cramped single-room apartment with their three children, residing just outside of Downtown L.A., in a community where luxuries nearly always take a backseat to life’s basic necessities.
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