Francesca has strong pro-life views born out of her decision not to get an abortion when she was a pregnant teenager three decades ago. She and her husband Matthew inspired their six children to join the pro-life movement.
In opening remarks April 27 at the fourth annual Virginia March for Life, Richmond Bishop Barry C. Knestout told participants that their advocacy on behalf of the unborn “was more necessary than ever.”
The following is the text from the reflection given by Bishop Robert Brennan during a Holy Hour he led at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception ahead of the March For Life.
When Debra Gleeson was pregnant with her son, doctors told her that he would be born with a rare genetic disorder and not survive a week, therefore her best option was to terminate the pregnancy. Gleeson didn’t listen.
A little more than a year ago, 19-year-old Mikaela Kook became pregnant and didn’t know where to turn.
Though not every participant at the annual March for Life in Washington is Catholic, the faithful presence of those who are is made abundantly apparent every year.
The throng of marchers braved sub-freezing temperatures Friday to participate in the 2022 March for Life. It was a triumphant return for the march after last year’s event was forced to go virtual by the pandemic.
The Catholic Church and its people stand ready not only to help expectant mothers bring their pregnancies to term but to assist women who have had abortions, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
As the nation marks nearly five decades of legalized abortion, Philadelphia area pro-life advocates say they’re committed to “all-encompassing” support for human dignity, from conception to natural death.
The 10th annual “9 Days for Life” novena, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, takes place this year from Jan. 19 to Jan. 27.