Friday, January 16, 2015

OCA Bp. Paul to lead March for Life Chicago in prayer

CHICAGO, IL (OCA-DMW) — His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest, will deliver the opening prayer at the 10th Anniversary “March For Life Chicago” on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

At 2:00 p.m., an anticipated 3,000 marchers from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana will gather at Federal Plaza, 50 West Adams, Chicago. After the opening prayer and additional presentations by a number of noted religious and civic leaders, including Roman Catholic Archbishop Blasé Cupich, they will make their way north to the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, where the program will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Others who will share perspectives on the pro-life stand against abortion and call for an end to abortion in Illinois include Congressmen Dan Lipinski and Peter Roskam and multi-generation advocate families. The notable line-up of speakers will mark with sadness the January 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the US, including former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, Dr. Erwin Lutzer of the Moody Church, and the iconic “godfather” of the pro-life movement, Joe Scheidler.

“The March for Life Chicago message is one of love and hope,” stated Emily Zender, President of March for Life Chicago. “This occasion affirms the authentic dignity of women, celebrates the gift of children, and promotes a culture dedicated to protecting life at every stage of development. March for Life Chicago joins events across the country from Washington DC to San Francisco to proclaim that all lives matter and to declare that it is time to end abortion in America.”

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The March for Life Chicago is an annual public event composed of people from diverse ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds dedicated to defending and protecting all human life. The event marks with deep sadness the great tragedy of the legalization of abortion in the US along with the devastating social, moral, and legal consequences that have followed. Marching together in hope, the March for Life Chicago calls upon government, religious, civic, and community leaders to renew every effort to build a nation that affirms the authentic dignity of women, the gift of children, and a culture dedicated to protecting life at every stage of development.

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