March for Life reveals 2021 theme, with unity as focus

Washington D.C., Sep 10, 2020 / 08:31 pm (CNA).- The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced Thursday the theme for its 2021 event: “Together Strong: Life Unites.”

Organizers of the event said in a press release that the 48th annual March for Life will take place on January 29th, 2021.

The march occurs every year on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a protest of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in that case, which mandated legal abortion nationwide.

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Biblical Apostolate Groups Promote Personal Encounter with Word of God in Singapore

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Biblical Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Singapore invites and accompanies the faithful to cultivate a personal encounter with Christ, reports Fides News Agency.

“Even though the Covid-19 situation has put an end or changed many daily activities, parishes have equipped themselves to use online platforms for their biblical programs. There has been a notable increase in attendance; for those with reduced mobility or limited time due to family and work commitments, study and deepening online was more convenient”, explains to Agenzia Fides Camerlitano father Ferdinand Purnomo, OCD, spiritual director of the Biblical Apostolate of the Archdiocese (ABA).

“On the other hand, online meetings are lacking in forming human relationships within the community. However, online programs are destined to continue”, quoting St. Jerome, the priest says: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”.

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Church Helps People with Disabilities in Cambodia

Supporting the life and work of the Arrupe Center in Cambodia, managed by Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvar Gonzalez SJ in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, in the north-west of the country, where for over 20 years they have accompanied and provided learning and growth opportunities for people with disabilities: this is the commitment of “Catholic Mission Australia”, National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, on the occasion of “Missionary Month”, next October, in which the Catholic Church celebrates World Mission Sunday scheduled for October 18.

Throughout the month, Catholics from all over the world come together to support and celebrate missionary work and evangelization. “The Pontifical Mission Societies are at the forefront to help communities in the most vulnerable areas of the world”, says in a note sent to Fides News Agency Fr. Brian Lucas, Director of “Catholic Mission” Australia.

“This year, in particular, the commitment for missionary October focuses on the precious work of priests, religious and lay missionaries in Cambodia, in supporting people with disabilities and their families”, says Fr. Brian, citing one of the many examples of Catholic Mission’s action. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, this support can change their lives”, notes Fr. Brian.

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Lebanon in Crisis: ‘We Need a Miracle’

Quietly and politely they form a line in the hot sun outside the Socio-Medical Intercommunity Dispensary in the poor Beirut neighborhood of Nabaa.  Some are elderly and live alone.  Others have families to feed.  All have put aside any embarrassment in accepting a handout, in order to eat.

The dispensary has been run by the Assembly of Female Religious Congregations since 1973. It was originally founded in 1968 by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Mary to serve those in need.

As Lebanon’s economy worsened, the dispensary expanded its medical and social mission to the needy to include the distribution of hot meals in 2017, serving 250 portions per day.  Now, as Lebanon teeters near economic collapse, the program has reached 1,200 portions a day.

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