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Bishop Malone throws first pitch at Bisons' game
13 hours ago by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, threw the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's Bisons' game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, the farm team of the Boston Red Sox. 

Since the bishop is the 14th bishop of Buffalo, the Bisons gave him a special jersey with the number 14 on it. 

Bishop Malone, a Boston Red Sox fan, asked parishioners at St. Joseph Cathedral on Sunday morning to pray that his pitch would go toward the catcher and that it would go more than four feet. "And the prayers were answered!," said the bishop. 

Despite the bishop's first pitch, the Bisons lost the game, 1-2. 

Cardinal O'Malley urges support for Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood
13 hours ago by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Federal funds should be reallocated so women can obtain their health care from providers that do not promote abortion, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, said in an August 3 letter to the U.S. Senate. Cardinal O’Malley, who chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged support for S. 1881, which would withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

The full text of his letter follows and is available online:

Dear Senator:

I am writing to ask your support for S. 1881, to withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

It has long been troubling to many Americans that the nation’s largest abortion network, performing over a third of all abortions, receives over half a billion taxpayer dollars a year. This concern has rightly grown in recent years.

The most recent revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions, and to alter abortion methods not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more “intact” organs, is the latest demonstration of a callousness toward women and their unborn children that is shocking to many Americans.

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Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s work reflects ‘throwaway culture’ decried by Pope Francis
Thursday, July 30, 2015 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

Full text of Cardinal O’Malley’s statement follows:

Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.

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