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U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Commends Catholic Witness at National Prayer Vigil for Life
January 20, 2023 | At the National Prayer Vigil for Life, thousands gathered to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, while looking with hope to the future since its reversal last year with Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
“Today we have so much to celebrate. For the first time in the 49-year-history of the March for Life, we can say that Roe vs. Wade, a blight on our nation, our system of justice, and our culture, is no more,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, as he addressed the crowd in his homily. “But even as we celebrate, we must remember: this is the beginning, not the end….as we plan for the future, our efforts to defend life must be as tireless as ever.”
On the occasion of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, read the letter from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, who conveyed greetings on behalf of Pope Francis. In the letter, the Holy Father expressed his deep gratitude “for the faithful witness shown publicly over the years by all who promote and defend the right to life of the most innocent and vulnerable members of our human family.”
Bishop Burbidge’s homily may be read here.
Cardinal Parolin’s letter to Vigil for Life and March for Life attendees may be read here.