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Join me for the National Prayer Service on January 27 in Washington, DC

Friday, December 30th, 2016

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As I wish you a Happy New Year, please take a moment to consider a special invitation.

Please join me in Washington, DC on Friday, January 27 for the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers to be held from 8:30-10:30 am at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).

This will be a powerful time of prayer, praise and worship and is always a time of inspiration and renewed focus on our mission.

Pam Tebow (mother of Christian athlete Tim Tebow) will be one of our inspirational speakers. Our special musical guest will be Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation and we will once again welcome Tony Melendez (the famous guitarist with no arms).

Clergy of all denominations are invited to join me in participating in a special way by processing in, sitting on stage and proclaiming an assigned prayer or scripture reading. There will also be prayer in unison. You are asked, when applicable, to wear appropriate clergy vestments and symbols. Clergy may contact Christa@NPRCouncil.org if they wish to participate in this way.

May I also ask your assistance in publicizing this event by way of your websites, email lists, social media accounts, etc? The website for this event is www.NationalPrayerService.com.

I hope you will join me for this time of prayer as we prepare to march with hundreds of thousands of others to show our love for our unborn brothers and sisters. The defense of the unborn is in fact the civil rights movement of today and all we do in the pro-life movement must be sustained by prayer.

God bless you…
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WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

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Civil Rights for the Unborn wants to wish a very Merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters!

Please enjoy the holidays and let’s remember to pray for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people from the womb to the tomb as we celebrate Christmas and look forward to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

“For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Please enjoy this from 700 Club – Christmas with the Kings

And don’t forget to say Merry Christmas again!

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Let’s Say “Merry Christmas” Again!

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Front Left To Right: Alveda King (Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn), Dean Nelson (Board Chair of the Douglass Institute) and Day Gardner (President of the National Pro-Life Union). Back: Rev. Walter Hoye III (Founder of Issues4Life)

Front Left To Right: Alveda King (Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn), Dean Nelson (Board Chair of the Douglass Institute) and Day Gardner (President of the National Pro-Life Union). Back: Rev. Walter Hoye III (Founder of Issues4Life)

Friends, just after Thanksgiving, my good friend Dr. Day Gardner called me and said: “We need to say Merry Christmas again.” I totally agreed.

We quickly called our partners in Christ Rev. Dean Nelson and Rev. Walter Hoye to get the ball rolling and Christmas Bells ringing. The Movement has legs now.

LET’S SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!

Together we, Day, Alveda, Dean and Walter are promoting the letter Walter has written below to Pastors. Join us as we celebrate Christmas by signing on sharing the letter far and wide.

God bless you,
Evangelist Alveda King

Please sign our LET’S SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN LETTER

Dear Pastors, community leaders and all believers …

Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember the reason Christ was born and the price He paid for the sins of the world as the Holy and Spotless “Lamb of God” slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived and died that the world would have a second chance at eternal life in Heaven.

Lifting up the name of Jesus in the public square, especially this time of year has and is the practice of billions around the world. December 25th (“Christmas Day”) has been a federal holiday in the United States of America since June 28th, 1870, when Congress created the original four holidays (“New Years Day”, “Independence Day”, “Thanksgiving Day” and “Merry Christmas.” Indeed, celebrating “Christmas”, the birth of Christ, is as American as it gets.

As Christians let us reject the trend to substitute “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas”.

As Christians let us remember the admonition of Christ Himself in Luke 9:26 and boldly proclaim “Christ is the reason for season” by saying “Merry Christmas” as we consecrate His holy and miraculous birth in the language of our everyday lives.

Is saying “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity?

No! Of course not.

Just as someone in the Jewish faith who says “Happy Hanukkah” isn’t demanding that Christians or non-Christians convert to Judaism, neither are Christians who say “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity.

When we Christians greet the world with “Merry Christmas” we are openly expressing to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Not only is the public expression of our faith in Christ encouraged in the Bible, it is one of the fundamental freedoms we have and enjoy as Americans.

So let us reject the trend to say “Happy Holidays” or any other substitution for “Merry Christmas” and both faithfully and fearlessly say “Merry Christmas”.

May God richly bless you and yours.

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Dioceses of Spokane and Yakima Host Rachel’s Vineyard Training in Washington State

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Date: December 6, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest ministry devoted to healing after abortion, just returned from Washington State, where she led a training for clergy. Three dioceses were represented – Spokane and Yakima in Washington and a diocese in Nigeria.

A total of 66 people attended the training in Wenatchee, WA, including 24 clergymen, four deacons’ wives and Sister Mary Rosanna Emenusiobi from Nigeria. She works full time in Nigeria’s largest pro-life, pro-family educational group, Family-Light of the Nation Foundation.

This training was the brainchild of Teresa Drollman, who helped organize 40 Days for Life and has been working to start a new Rachel’s Vineyard retreat site in Wenatchee. Chancellor Monsignor Robert Siller and Father Osmar Aguirre helped plan the conference along with the Rachel’s Vineyard team.

Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson was also instrumental in making the training happen. Bishop Tyson has initiated a program called Prepares, a nurturing response of the Catholic community to provide families the supportive services needed to help ensure healthy childhood development from pregnancy to age five. For more information click here: http://www.preparesforlife.org/.

“Father Peter Steele, ordained in May, told me this training was invaluable, and ten clergy want to be on the new teams in Washington state,” Dr. Burke said. “This was a valuable trip to help a new team that seeks to offer English and Spanish retreats. There is a very large population of immigrant workers in agriculture who live in Wenatchee and Planned Parenthood is very active in advertising abortion to them. It’s our goal to start a vibrant Latino ministry as well as the new English-speaking retreats.”

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats for healing after abortion are presently being offered at 375 sites across the United States and in over 70 countries, and the ministry continues to expand its outreach. Some Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are hosted by church-based ministries, counseling outreach programs, diocesan Respect Life offices, and crisis pregnancy centers. It is offered in both Catholic and interdenominational settings. Some 33 Catholic dioceses in the United States officially host Rachel’s Vineyard sites.

“People who come to Rachel’s Vineyard will meet people who care about them and the child or children lost to abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director of Rachel’s Vineyard. “The retreats are led by those who know the way of healing, and are ready to welcome all into a journey that leads to mercy and peace.”

The ministry’s hotline number, for those in need of healing, is 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463).

Rachel’s Vineyard, which enjoys the strong personal support of Pope Francis, is a ministry of Priests for Life. For more information on the ministry, go to www.rachelsvineyard.org.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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December Shockwaves Focuses on Healing Available to Everyone Impacted by Abortion

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

SPACERHealing the Shockwaves of Abortion, an initiative to raise awareness of the various groups of people impacted by the loss of a child to abortion, in December calls on all priests, pastors and clergy members to preach about the healing power of the Lord in this season of Advent.

“December, and the Advent season, lead us to cry out, “Come, Lord Jesus!” Aware as we are of the many wounds abortion brings, we are more deeply aware of our need for the Savior who comes with healing in his wings,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which launched Shockwaves nearly two years ago.

Georgette Forney, president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, noted that for mothers and fathers who have lost a child to abortion, December can bring about a melancholy tied to the awareness that someone is missing from the family celebration of Jesus’s birth.

“I often wonder what my baby’s First Christmas ornaments on the tree would look like, and what she would be doing now,” she said. “It is in these moments when I am most grateful that Jesus came to save a sinner like me.”

Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More, said that for Catholics, Pope Francis’s recent announcement that all priests throughout the world will continue to be authorized to bring people to full reconciliation after the sin of abortion dovetails nicely with the December Shockwaves theme, Come Lord Jesus!

“The international conversation sparked by the pope’s announcement raises awareness that abortion is a sin that impacts the Church as well as society,” she said. “Forgiveness is available to all who seek it, no matter how they may have been complicit in abortion.

Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and a Shockwaves architect, said “The Advent and Christmas seasons can be a time of abundant grace and new opportunities for spiritual growth, healing and joy, even for those harmed by the loss of a child to abortion. In fact, this loss can lead us to a deeper faith.”

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an international educational and pastoral effort, launched in January 2015 by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign with the aim of raising awareness about and ministering to a wide variety of groups of people who are impacted when a child is killed by abortion. These groups include mothers, father, grandparents, siblings, survivors, friends, pro-life advocates and those who perform or advocate abortion.

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The Greater Good, a Dream Unfolds

Monday, December 5th, 2016

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Dr. Ben Carson has accepted what turns out to be another unconventional cabinet position offer from President-elect Donald Trump; that of HUD Secretary.

Dr. Carson wants to “make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are in need.” He has said: “We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”

In light of all of this, I’m still watching, thinking and praying… At age 65 I’ve been dreaming of retirement. In the midst of that dream, I’m now considering that the President-elect and many of his silver haired appointees must have been dreaming of resting too at some point. Many of them have lived on this earth at least six or seven decades. Yet, they threw their hats in the ring with bigger dreams for a better world, a better quality of life for everyone [born and unborn].

Moses and Aaron were 80 and 83 when God sent them before Pharaoh. Apostle Paul was also no spring chicken at the height of his ministry…

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If there’s anything to be learned in these history making moments, it’s that age is relative in the spiritual theme of things. God uses the young and old for His Divine Plans.

My dad, Rev. AD King, and my uncle, Rev. MLK, were both 39 when they were martyred in the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. Lord Jesus was around 33 at the time of His sacrificial crucifixion and resurrection. Yet as it’s already been pointed out, God also uses the aged in the “Big Picture.”

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There’s an old song… We’ll Understand It Better By and By…

Honestly, many of us don’t know what’s around the corner [although God's genuine prophets have some divine insight; and even the soothsayers are trying to understand].

One thing is for sure; we need to keep praying.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

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Priests for Life Asks Court to Wait Until After Inauguration for Action on #HHSMandate Case

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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December 1, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Priests for Life, one of the first of scores of organizations and ministries to launch a federal challenge against the HHS Mandate, announced today that status reports were filed yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Both the government and the plaintiffs urged the court to delay any further action on the case for another ninety days, that is, until well after the Trump Administration has come into power.

Priests for Life, together with the Archdiocese of Washington and several other petitioners, have a consolidated case which the US Supreme Court considered in its last term and then sent back to the Court of Appeals, along with five other cases being considered by three other appellate courts. A total of 37 petitioners were heard by the Supreme Court in these cases.

“As far as the courts are concerned, this case is still not resolved. We have been doing what the Supreme Court asked, that is, engaging in conversations with the government regarding how this mandate needs to be changed to protect our religious freedom. The government also asked the public to weigh in with comments on the matter.

“But now, with the recent electoral victories for the pro-life side, we are confident that the Trump Administration will resolve this case by doing away with the HHS mandate, so that no citizen ever feels forced between following the law and following his/her faith,” Fr. Pavone explained.

In its status report, the government stated, “The Departments are evaluating the information submitted to determine whether changes to the current accommodation regulations should be made and, if so, to inform the nature of those changes.”

Meanwhile, the status update on behalf of Priests for Life and the Washington Archdiocese stated, “Plaintiffs-Appellants remain hopeful that the Government will modify its regulations in a way that will accommodate Plaintiffs-Appellants’ religious objections, thus resolving the case without further litigation.”

Fr. Pavone added, “The government has often told us that it does not understand our religious objections, despite the thorough explanations we have given them. But in the end, I have told them that their duty is not to understand our beliefs but rather to protect them.”

We commend to the prayers of all believers the swift resolution of this HHS mandate controversy and the full protection of everyone’s religious freedom. See prayers for this intention at www.PrayerCampaign.org.

To read the status updates and other information about the case, please see www.IStandWithPFL.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Fr. Pavone grateful for Pope Francis’s statement on abortion forgiveness

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Date: November 21, 2016

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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and also Pastoral Director of the worldwide ministries of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, issued the following statement this morning:

“The announcement of Pope Francis that he is extending indefinitely the faculties of priests worldwide to absolve those who repent of the sin of abortion is something we at Priests for Life both expected and gratefully welcome.

“We are privileged to facilitate the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry about which Pope Francis has personally expressed to me his enthusiastic support and gratitude. Likewise, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a joint project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life) is one of our projects which, through the power of testimony, invites people to take hold of God’s mercy after abortion.

“We who oppose abortion do not oppose those who have abortions. Rather, we embrace them with mercy and forgiveness. We have ministered to people who have had as many as 25 abortions, and we see that it impacts the entire family: parents, grandparents, siblings, and beyond.

“We will continue to provide training for clergy and laity alike regarding the wounds abortion brings and how to lead people to healing.

“Those who are looking for opportunities for healing and reconciliation after abortion can go to our special website www.AbortionForgiveness.com.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Evangelist Alveda King with Post Election Prayers for the Holidays

Friday, November 18th, 2016
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“Stay on good terms with each other, held together by [Agape] love.” Hebrews 13:1 (MSG)

The 2016 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are at our doors. Yet, so many Americans are still reeling with post election shock. Several weeks ago, I realized that if God didn’t touch our hearts with healing, during the holidays many of us would have miserable times around the family and friend tables of America. So I rolled up my sleeves and got on my knees so to speak, and began to pray for America. Then I designed a holiday meme and began writing this message.

Somehow, America has elected a new president, Mr. Donald Trump. He needs our prayers, not our vitriol. The fussing and fuming is hurting our fragile relationships in our homes, our churches and in the marketplace. Throughout the 2016 debates and elections, many, including “yours truly” have reminded America that with prayer, we can do as my Uncle MLK often said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” My Uncle MLK, Daddy Rev. A. D. King and Grandfather Daddy King often taught from Acts 17:26: “Of one blood, God made the human family to live together on the earth.” So we are not separate races, from womb to tomb, we are one blood, designed by our Creator to live together on the earth.

Honestly this has been a very difficult season for me; testing my faith and my love for God’s human family. From the onset of my publically acknowledged support for the 2016 candidacy of first Dr. Ben Carson and then Mr. Donald Trump, I have received so much angst that if it hadn’t been for God’s mercy and forgiveness in my heart, for myself and for my loved ones – friends, family, church members and others – I would have fallen into sin by either striking back at those who don’t agree with me or at least trying to defend my position.

Never mind that during the elections I wrote many blogs and participated in many interviews explaining that in accord with Proverbs 3: 5 and 1 Timothy 2:2 we Americans must trust God and not the human candidates to rescue America from this present state of disharmony. People still continued to flay each other with words, and in some cases as with the violent protesters, with physical acts of anger. Yet God continues to shine through our 2 Chronicles 7:14 prayers, and we must continue to pray and trust that even in the midst of the Book of Revelation Days, God has not abandoned us.

In closing; during this 2016 winter holiday season, let those of us who will, agree that for Thanksgiving, we will carve the turkey and not each other with our words. Then in repentance and Agape Love, for Christmas, let us celebrate the birth and Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Let Agape Love prevail.

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Fr. Pavone: “It’s Time to Act Like the Winners We Are”

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Date: November 11, 2016

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Priests for Life building on Election Day Victories

NEW YORK — “We won!” stated Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in reference to the elections, and Priests for Life is wasting no time to start using the opportunity that this victory presents for the unborn children.

Starting on the day after Election Day, Fr. Pavone and the team of Priests for Life began mobilizing and organizing grassroots pro-life activists to build on the victories won in the elections.

“We were joined by hundreds of activists as well as national pro-life leaders from across the country on an evening webcast we convened on Wednesday, November 9th. We have also begun reaching out to our friends in Congress, to start the process of implementing the next steps in protecting the unborn and shutting down the abortion industry.

“In particular, we will start immediately with an action alert to all our followers, asking them to thank the House leadership and the members of the Select Panel in Infant Lives for their work, and to express our desire to see that work continue in the 115th Congress.

“The Select Panel was one of the most important aspects of the work of the 114th Congress,” said Fr. Pavone. “With subpoena power, this panel is beginning to shed light on the practice of late-term abortion in the United States, and on the other ways in which the abortion industry is corrupt. There is more to uncover, and we look forward to working with the members of the panel until the job is done.”

The issue of late-term abortion, which the American public strongly opposes, was raised in the Presidential campaign and the debates, as it became clear that in contrast to the Republican party, which declares that “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed” (2016 platform) the Democratic party wants to do away with all regulations, no matter how reasonable, on abortion and has never seen an abortion it is willing to ban.

“The pro-life side won this election,” declared Fr. Pavone, “and now we intend to act like the winners we are. We are going to build on the momentum we have. The same wonderful grassroots people who helped win this election are now going to stay together, stay active, and actually implement the protection of the unborn that motivated us to vote in the first place. We’ve lived through eight years of the Obama regime and its unmitigated support of abortion. Now it’s our turn, and we’re not going to lose this opportunity to advance the protection of the unborn.

“Moreover, we will challenge Democratic elected officials — who with very few exceptions follow their pro-abortion party line — to stop hiding the extremism of their position and to describe what they defend. The last thing that abortion supporters want to discuss is abortion; they are afraid to tell the American people that the abortion procedure is dismemberment and decapitation. They don’t talk about the arms and legs being twisted off the bodies, or the skulls being removed in fragments. If they think abortion is such a great thing for America, they should at least have the honesty to tell people what it is. We certainly will, both with words and pictures and videos. As we begin to reverse the pro-abortion Democratic policies, we will continue to press this challenge: Describe what you defend,” promised Fr. Pavone.

In addition to working with Congress, Fr. Pavone and Executive Director Janet Morana continue, in their capacity as private citizens, to communicate with their colleagues alongside whom they served as members of the Pro-life Coalition and also the Catholic Advisory Group of the Trump Campaign.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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