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Archbishop Leonard P. Blair congratulates Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, his wife Leslie and their children after presenting the couple with the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Pro-Life Award at the annual Respect Life Mass on Oct. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Also receiving the award during the liturgy were Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell and Kathryn Suzio, executive director of Birthright of Meriden. The award is named for Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a physician, working mother, professional woman and wife who sacrificed her life to preserve the life of her child.

The Mass is dedicated to all those devoted to promoting awareness for the respect of all life from conception to natural death.

At the Mass, new parish pro-life representatives were commissioned for the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Archbishop Blair presented them with blessed candles.

The Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month in October every year as a way of defending the dignity of the person through prayer, education and service.

The observance coincides with the 40 Days for Life national campaign, which began in late September and will continue through Nov. 1. It focuses on prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils to end abortion. For information about local vigils cal: 203-745-7300 or email mlpeters@prolifeministry.org. (Photo by Aaron Joseph)

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.