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It’s up to young people to ‘end the scourge of abortion,’ says speaker

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

Tens of thousands gathered first to hear a lineup of speakers, before marching from the Mall up Constitution Avenue 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. The music was upbeat with lively mandolin licks and the powerful voice of the lead singer.     [Full Story]

At this year’s March for Life on 22 January, the things to notice about the crowd in attendance were its youth, its growth and the sense that these young people are bringing about a cultural renewal. [More]
Amid the haemorrhaging of Christians from the Middle East in recent decades, one organisation is looking to sink new roots in the land of Jesus’ birth and ministry. Construction of Saxum, a multi-million-dollar conference and training centre near the Arab town of Abu Gosh, Israel, began last February. [More]
Fr Daniel McCaughan says there’s been no shortage of things to do since taking up his first pastoral posting at the twinned parishes of St Charles Borromeo, Ryde, and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gladesville, three months ago. [More]
Young men and women will be given a different vision of what dating could look like this Valentine’s Day, enjoining the thrill of the chase with the possibility of making deep and meaningful connections, all while enjoying some very high-end dining. [More]
Br John Nguyen OFM Cap made his perpetual profession at St Fiacre’s Church, Leichhardt, making final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience before his Capuchin Franciscan confreres, family and friends. [More]
Lizzie is a young lady who lives on Perth streets; she’s probably no older than 30, but it is difficult to tell. Her eyes are often bloodshot from sniffing glue and drinking cheap alcohol, she is usually angry, sometimes aggressive, and is regularly sporting cuts and bruises. [More]


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