From all across the United States and beyond, pro-lifers of all ages have gathered in Washington, D.C., to witness to the value and dignity of preborn babies and the injustice of abortion – and to defend the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
The 37th March for Life is America’s annual gathering of the nation’s longest-running and consistent grassroots activist movement. We rally and pray against abortion and other attacks on innocent human life, and uphold the values of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” upon which our republic was founded.
On Thursday, Jan. 21, the night before the March, thousands flocked to the National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, “America’s Church,” to attend Mass that was offered by a gathering of the nation’s cardinals, bishops and priests – so many priests that it took 30 minutes for the opening procession to wind down the main aisle.
The enormous basilica was filled many times beyond its seating capacity of 5,000, as pro-lifers (most of them young people) crammed every side chapel and shrine spot, both in the great Upper Church and the lower Crypt Church.
This is U.S. Catholicism at its best and brightest!
The Knights of Columbus and Fathers for Good are here in force for the March. Supreme Council staff members and I are manning a booth at the exhibition hall, with the Fathers for Good display as a backdrop, offering free rosaries, prayer pamphlets, DVDs and information on the Knights of Columbus.
We have met thousands of good-natured, large-heartened men and women, and beautiful young families, who have come from an array of states. They show the face of the pro-life movement as thoughtful and beautiful. They give hope bordering on certainty that one day soon the pro-abortion Roe Vs. Wade decision will be overturned and a Culture of Life will be built in this country, with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.
Today we March, confident in our cause and imploring God’s strength, guidance and blessing upon us and our nation.