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Moved by Mercy’ is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance
October 4th, 2016
By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON – 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.

He made the comments in a Sept. 28 statement launching the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ yearlong Respect Life Program.

Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the USCCB and this year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy.”

It draws on a quote from Pope Francis when he called for the Jubilee Year of Mercy: “We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us.”

Oct. 2 was Respect Life Sunday, kicking off what is a yearlong pro-life program for the U.S. Catholic Church.

The USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has prepared a packet for the 2016-2017 program containing materials and resources that can be downloaded in English and Spanish at

“When we let our hearts be moved by God’s mercy, it shapes everything,” said Cardinal Dolan, who emphasized the need to protect human life at every stage. “From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection.

“Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a ‘throwaway culture,’ expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, and every other person – each ‘has a place in God’s heart from all eternity’,” he said, citing the pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”).

From October 6, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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