WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the use of lethal injections in carrying out executions is a welcome move, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees.

The court said Jan. 23 it will review the drug protocols of lethal-injection executions in the state of Oklahoma and consider whether such procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

“I welcome the court’s decision to review this cruel practice,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – “We are the pro-life generation! We are the pro-life generation!” The chant could be heard along Constitution Avenue, as cold weather in the nation’s capital did not deter the masses from taking part in the 2015 March for Life.

The massive crowds – consisting largely of young people – swarmed downtown Washington, D.C., praying, marching and witnessing to life.

Crowds were estimated at upwards of 200,000 for the annual march, which is held on or around Jan. 22 each year to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion nationwide.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.

Bishop-designate Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.

The appointment was announced Jan. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 04:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) – The Vatican’s spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines where an estimated 6 to 7 million people attended his closing Mass.

“The official number that has been given to us is between six and seven million,” Father Federico Lombardi told journalists at a press conference in Manila on Sunday, calling it the “largest event of the history of the Popes.”

In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

by Jennifer Gregory Miller for CatholicCulture.org

From the end of December into January, everyone is abuzz about making  New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions revolve around health of the body: lose weight, exercise more, change bad eating habits. As we enter the third week of January, so many resolutions are already forgotten, broken, or being revised. The new gym memberships are lying fallow and exercise equipment is gathering dust. The gloomy winter weather weakens one’s willpower against comfort foods that are off the diet.

A new calendar and a new year gives a sense for many of a “clean slate” and inspires a fresh start or new beginnings. I’m not against making resolutions. I make my own and continually need to refresh them. But I find that making resolutions just for a new calendar year feels arbitrary and artificial. Applying new resolutions to change anything in my life needs to be balanced with the spiritual life. And I see that balance in two ways: 1) within the liturgical year 2) accomplished with God’s grace.