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yale vita veritas 8399 webFrom left, pro-life activist Abby Johnson talks with student organizers Courtney Horton, Jenna McGuire and Evy Behling at the fifth Vita et Veritas Conference at Yale University Oct. 6 and 7.

Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, was the keynote speaker at the opening banquet on Oct. 6 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.

The conference drew nearly 200 attendees to the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Center at Yale. The theme of the conference was "Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman." Speakers and participants explored the relationship between the pro-life movement and the promotion of women's rights.

The Vita et Veritas Conference was founded in 2013 by a team of students in Choose Life at Yale led by Horton. McGuire is director of the Vita et Veritas team and Behling is director emeritus.

Other speakers included Daniel K. Williams, associate professor of history at the University of West Georgia and author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade; Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity​; and Christina Bennett, client services manager at ABC Women's Center

The Vita et Veritas Conference aims to spark pro-life thought to Yale and to engage the pro-life communities of other universities. Organizers design the conference to help and inspire others to advocate for the lives of the unborn.

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.