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Youth urged to 'end the scourge of abortion'
Written by Nate Madden, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
March for Life participants carry the banner past the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Jan. 22. Hundreds of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNS) -- On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., crowds gathered January 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

Hundreds of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers, before marching from the National Mall up Constitution Ave. to the U.S. Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

Early in the day, Pope Francis showed his support of the pro-life gathering by tweeting the theme: “Every Life is a Gift” with the hashtag #marchforlife.

By late morning, the temperature had reached about 40 degrees, warmer than many a previous march, and a music group opened the rally with the songs “To Be Loved” and “You’re Not Alone.”

Several members of Congress were in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, who told Catholic News Service, “I am here to make my colleagues listen.” Huelskamp said life is a core issue in the public debate, and that Kansas was already at the forefront of human rights issues. “They were at the forefront of the slavery issue,” he said, and are now at the forefront of the life issue.

Levi Fox, a volunteer and a graduate of Liberty University, said, “Half of our generation is missing. Sixty million have been killed since Roe v. Wade, which is why I am dedicating my time to the March for Life.”

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Bishop O'Connor Center prepares for changes
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- While not officially a done deal yet, the redevelopment plans for the Bishop O’Connor Center (BOC) in Madison are inching closer to reality.

This month, many items, including furniture and other items from the BOC, were given away to parishes, schools, and other organizations in the diocesan area.

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Ladies of Divine Mercy hold inaugural event
Written by Cathy Lins, Catholic Herald Correspondent   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

PINE BLUFF -- It was the inaugural event for the Ladies of Divine Mercy on January 9 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pine Bluff.

Ladies of Divine Mercy is an apostolate for Catholic women’s faith formation with monthly Adoration, confession, learning about the faith, and fellowship.

They will be meeting every second Friday of the month from January to May.

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