roe vs. wade

Pro-lifers experience “trial by fire” in their witness to life, archbishop says at annual Roe vs. Wade Mass

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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood and was followed by Kenrick-Glennon seminarians.  The annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the celebrant and homilist. In his homily he spoke passionately against Board Bill #203 proposed by the St. Louis City board of Alderman.  Following the Mass about 650 participants walked in a rosary procession to the Planned Parenthood facility nearby to pray.

Those who witness to life are undergoing a trial by fire, from the historic Roe vs. Wade decision, to the recent effort in St. Louis City to protect abortion and other reproductive health decisions.

More than 1,000 people attended the annual memorial Mass and prayer vigil Jan. 21 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass, organized by the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, commemorates the 1973 Roe decision and includes a Rosary procession to Planned Parenthood.

Nine days of prayer part of Roe vs. Wade anniversary events

WASHINGTON -- For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan. 18-26 this year, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S.

"Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence," says a posting on the website

Editorial | Comitting to end abortion

The 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade has given our local community plenty of pause to consider how we can bring an end to abortion. But the commitment to stopping this travesty -- an estimated 55 million babies have been killed since 1973 -- doesn't lie with attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment that requires our efforts 365 days a year.

'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.

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