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Grandmother shares her excitement for march, need to educate young people

Pat Power of St. Mary Alacoque Parish talked with Marisol Pfaff from the Paul VI Institute out front of the Washington Capitol on their way to the Senate.  Missouri Right to Life organized a speaker series before the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What brings Pat Power to her knees in prayer is knowing the bleak reality of today's world and the knowledge that her 24 grandchildren have to live in it. Power, 75, is a member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, in south St. Louis County. She first attended the March for Life about 20 years ago, and about five years ago started going again.

At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance, passion to continue

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org Pro-life demonstrators walked along Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Supreme Court building  The 40th Annual March for Life  took place in Washington, D.C. which included many groups from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

WASHINGTON — The hundreds of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion.

"Forty years ago, people thought opposition to the pro-life movement would eventually disappear," Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told the crowd assembled on the National Mall for a rally prior to the march along Constitution Avenue to the front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Finding common ground on the March for Life

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org Pro-life demonstrators walked along Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Supreme Court building  The 40th Annual March for Life  took place in Washington, D.C. which included many groups from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
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'Youth-friendly' novena part of 'Nine Days' event to mark Roe decision

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched "Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage" to take place Jan. 19-27 as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S.

Jan. 22 is the actual anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision, but because this year it is the day after public ceremonies for the presidential inauguration, the annual March for Life in Washington will take place Jan. 25.

An amazing purpose | Abortion survivor shares message of forgiveness, helping others

Melissa Ohden, 35, survived a saline abortion in 1977. Since discovering the details of her birth, Ohden has left her job as a social worker and now travels around the country to speak about her life of trusting in God and the practice of forgiveness.

As a self-described abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden is often told by others that God has given her a special purpose in life.

But Ohden said that her life should serve as a reminder that God has given "every single one of us an amazing purpose for our lives."

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