Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – May 9, 2013

“This is a courageous step toward a culture of life.”
— Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, after Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill May 2 repealing the state’s death penalty

“No public health consideration justifies the unsupervised sale of such drugs to young teens.”
— Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro Life Activities, after the federal Food and Drug Administration lowered the age limit from 17 to 15 for purchasing the Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive over the counter

“Remain steadfast in the journey of faith. Listen carefully, young people, swim against the tide; it’s good for the heart, but it takes courage.”
— Pope Francis, during his homily at Mass April 28 in St. Peter’s Square, where he administered the sacrament of confirmation to 44 people, including two teenagers from the United States

“The Mass went by too fast. I just wanted to savor every moment I could.”
— Anthony Merejo, a 17-year-old from Ridgewood, N.J., who was one of 44 people Pope Francis confirmed April 28

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