Respect Life 2016
"Moved by Mercy."
That’s the theme for Respect Life Month this October from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and for the yearlong observance of the bishops’ Respect Life Program, which includes materials and resources on the bishops’ website, usccb.org/respectlife.
All human life must be "cherished and protected," said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, while launching the special observance. Cardinal Dolan also drew on a quote from Pope Francis declaring the Jubilee of Mercy: ‘"We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us."’
That theme is reflected in this Respect Life Emphasis Issue of the Catholic Voice, beginning on the front page with a story about Nebraska’s bishops urging voters in November to retain the state Legislature’s repeal of the death penalty.
As Cardinal Dolan said in announcing the church’s special recognition of the sacredness of life: "When we let our hearts be moved by God’s mercy, it shapes everything. From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection."
Listed below are articles that demonstrate the faithful’s gratitude and respect for life at all stages.
Ministry drives home pro-life message
NCC taking death penalty message to the voters
Honoring grief of children’s deaths
Project Rachel founder urges pro-life advocates to be merciful
Schleppenbach receives Gospel of Life Award
Two students from archdiocese win pro-life essay contest
Mass, dinner at Omaha parish to honor people with special needs
Birth mother says adoption was the best choice for her son
John Paul Hauser continues to inspire
Expectant moms encouraged to ‘Count the Kicks’ each day
Service for cremated remains planned at Catholic Cemeteries
Pregnancy counselors offer hope ... and more
Medical decisions by power of attorney
Faith and sacraments still help dementia patients