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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Feb. 25 issue.

200+ rallies ask Congress to defund Planned Parenthood

CHICAGO (CNS) -- The organizers of rallies held across the country Feb. 11 to call for defunding Planned Parenthood said their message to Congress is to redirect taxpayer’s money to facilities that “do a better job meeting the real health care needs of women and families without specializing in abortion.”

Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade ruling who became pro-life dies

KATY, Texas (CNS) -- Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69.

Slovak heritage

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the community of Slovak along with the members of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church celebrated a Mass in honor of their patron saints and held their annual Slovak Heritage Day. (Photo)

Obituaries

Sister Marjorie “Maggie” Fisher, SCN, 92, who served as director of justice and peace for the Diocese of Little Rock from 1985 to 1987, died Jan. 16 in Nazareth, Ky. She is survived by ...

NCEA leader: School choice could help Catholic parents

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco.

Ten best movies of 2016 can be challenging to movie-goers

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years. But the outstanding movies of the 12 months just past tended to deal with challenging subject matter. Assassination, the exactions of combat, even religious repression enforced through torture were all dealt with in a skillful way — but also in a manner not likely to appeal to the casual moviegoer.

Ash Wednesday kicks off 40 days of rituals and symbols

Our society is not one that readily embraces the idea of sacrifice. There is little recognition of the profound benefits of self-denial and of giving completely of oneself to others — and to God. (Lent section)

Keeping your Lenten resolutions

Many Catholic organizations and ministries offer daily or weekly Lenten reflections for free. Here are a few options to consider incorporating into your Lenten resolutions this year. (Lent section)

What is true prosperity in America?

Everyone loves to hear that we are going to be made prosperous. The reason is found in the derivation of the word “prosperous” coming from the Latin “spes,” meaning hope.  (Columns)

Anti-Semitic threats an attack on all faiths

We stand up for protecting religious liberties for all the faithful — regardless if they are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist or any faith. We don’t want anyone’s freedoms trampled on. (Editorial)