Pope greets pro-life marchers, calls for the legal protection of the unborn
On Sunday, 12 May, Pope Francis led the Regina Coeli prayer, after canonizing new saints in St. Peter’s Square. More than 80,000 people attended and about half of them were taking part in Italy’s March for Life, which brought together people from different countries.
The Pope thanked them for their work and called on them to continue protecting the unborn.
“It brings me great joy to see that so many Italian parishes are taking part in the pro-life signature campaign. This initiative titled ‘One of Us,’ guarantees the legal protection of the embryo, protecting human life from the very start.”
In mid June, the Vatican is organizing a pro-life event. So, the Pope encouraged the crowd to get ready for the two day gathering.
“It will be a special moment for those who take the defence of human life and its sacredness seriously. The ‘Evangelium Vitae Day’ will be held here in the Vatican as part of the Year of Faith, on June 15th and 16th.”
Afterward, the Pope made his way through the Square in the popemobile to greet the crowds. He even went beyond the Vatican border into Italian territory where crowds lined the streets. As the Pope greeted pilgrims from the Pro-life movement he made it a point to greet children and the sick.
Great Event of the year of the faith:
Day Celebrating the Evangelium Vitae
Faithful to Life
This gathering in Rome on June 15 and 16 is so very important. It will offer the opportunity for the faithful from around the world to gather with the Holy Father in a communal witness to the sacred value of all life: The lives of the aged, the lives of the sick, the lives of the dying, the lives of the unborn, the lives of the physically and mentally challenged, and the lives of all those who suffer. In addition, this event will offer the occasion to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who so tenderly and with self-abandonment follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd by tending to the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying or who suffer in any way. It is our hope that the number of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square will be so great that all the world will be able to hear from Rome our Church’s choral expression of the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive mission: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10, Cf. Evangelium Vitae, 1).
On Saturday afternoon, June 15, there will be a pilgrimage down Via della Conciliazione to Pio XII Square, which will conclude with the recitation of the Creed in various languages. On Sunday morning at 9:00, Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Square will be celebrated by the Holy Father.
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