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Mothers are pictured in a file photo at a home in Silver Spring, Md. Activists at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Jan. 30, 2023 discussed how to be pro-woman, pro-worker and pro-family. (OSV News photo/CNS file, Bob Roller)

Affordable child care key component of post-Roe response, advocates say

Affordable child care must be a core component of a post-Roe response from the Church, advocates at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering said on Jan. 30.

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March for Life holds first national event after overturn of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates descended upon the nation’s capital for the 50th March for Life Jan. 20 — the first national march since the overturn of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade …

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A suicide prevention sign is pictured on a protective fence on the walkway of the George Washington Bridge between in New York City Jan.12, 2022. The suicide epidemic in the U.S. is costing lives, and Catholic dioceses and ministries are racing to get in place much needed accompaniment for those crying for mental health help. (OSV News photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

Experts: Mental health ministry a dire need across the U.S. church

During the six months following the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launch in July, more than 2 million calls, texts and chat messages have streamed into its 200 call centers coast-to-coast, the Associated Press recently reported.

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Cordel Tyus and Devo McGraw sit on roofing from an industrial building in front of their home in Selma, Ala., Jan.12, 2023, after a tornado ripped through the area the previous day. A giant, swirling storm system billowing across the South Jan. 11, killed at least six people in central Alabama, the Associated Press reported. (OSV News photo/Mickey Welsh, USA Today Network via visa Reuters)

Alabama Catholics turn to prayer, outreach after deadly tornadoes

Katelee Hagan imagined Jan. 14 would be just another ordinary day at the Selma, Alabama, child care center where she works. But moments after the 21-year-old walked through the doors, a colleague told her, “We’ve got to go. A tornado is heading straight for us.”

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Matt Olson, a native of Isanti, Minn., is pictured with his parents, Doug and Sue Olson, in an undated photo. In February 2016, a junior hockey game left Olson, 20 years old at the time, paralyzed from the chest down. Now 26, Olson credits faith, family, community and his alma mater, Totino-Grace Catholic High School in Fridley, Minn., with carrying him through the many challenges he has faced as a result of his life-altering injury.(OSV News photo/courtesy Matt Olson)

Faith, family, community help former athlete meet challenges after life-altering injury

Matt Olson is on a new path and it’s one he never expected. The 26-year-old native of Isanti, Minnesota, said he’s not letting a life-altering injury affect his future as community support carries him through challenging times and his trust in God helps him forge a new perspective on life.

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A doctor gives a patient medication to start a medical abortion at Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Ala., March 14, 2022. An Alabama attorney general is the latest political leader to suggest prosecution for women having abortions. (OSV News photo/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

Catholics oppose Alabama A.G. suggestion of prosecuting women over abortion pills

Days after the federal government signaled it would allow abortion pills to be distributed through the postal service even in states that have banned or restricted the procedure, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall indicated that women who undergo medication abortions in the state could still be subject to prosecution.

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Blooming cherry blossoms surround the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington March 27, 2021. (CNS photo/Cheriss May, Reuters)

‘His memory still resonates’: Franciscan sister recalls MLK

Almost everyone familiar with the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knows the value that the civil rights leader put on living a long life. The phrase “longevity has its place” is now enshrined within his last speech, given the night before King’s murder in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4,1968.

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