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Prayers and support save Wezi's unborn baby

On May 2, 2016, Sandra Wezi Pemba parked a block away from the clinic where she had scheduled an abortion. Wearing a prayer T-shirt, she dragged her feet as she walked.

She recalls her heavy heart and feeling of hopelessness: “It was the last of seven days of prayer I had begun when the baby’s father told me he was married with a family. He said I should get an abortion. I didn’t want one, but I was so confused.

“I prayed ‘You be God and I’ll be Wezi. Please tell me what to do.’

Catholic Health Care for Women

Stephen's faith is at the core of his medical practice

Dr. Stephen Hickner and his wife, Carol, were very happy with their life in Wyoming. Following his 20-year obstetrics/gynecology career largely spent in Grand Rapids, the Hickners could wrap a week of work at 5 p.m. Friday and by sunset have a tent pitched in Yellowstone National Park, ready to enjoy the splendor God had created. But Stephen — sometimes enthusiastically, sometimes reluctantly — always kept his ears open to hear God’s call.

Faith and Law: The new Catholic Bar Association

For many Catholic attorneys, they find it difficult to balance their work in law with their Catholic faith. Particularly in light of issues such as abortion and same-sex “marriage,” Catholic lawyers need support to be able to live out their faith in their professional lives. Formed in July 2015, the Catholic Bar Association (CBA) plans to offer that support in the form of an umbrella organization. The goal of the CBA is to provide the more than 60 Catholic lawyers’ guilds across the U.S.


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