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placeholder January 20, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Nine days of prayer events part
of Roe v. Wade anniversary

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 v. 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 www.9daysforlife.com.

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said in a recent letter to his fellow bishops that response to last year's nine-day observance prompted this year's event to again "pray for the healing and conversion of our nation and people impacted by the culture of death."

The 9daysforlife website offers participants several ways to sign up to receive directly a daily simple novena with different intercessions, brief reflections and suggested acts of reparation via email or text message or by using an app for smartphones.

Several resources for prayer and activities — as well as the full reflections for each of the nine days — are available online in the "Pro-Life Activities" section of the U.S. bishops' website, www.usccb.org.

 
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