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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Travels to Rome

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Date: July 11, 2016

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Priests for Life leaders to teach a bioethics course on the ways
abortion wounds families, communities

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director, will travel to Rome this week for various meetings at the Vatican, and to teach a class on “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion” at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum during its 15th annual International Bioethics Summer Course.

Regina Apostolorum is one of the pontifical universities established by and operated directly under the authority of the Vatican.

Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion is an initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign that aims to raise awareness of all the different groups of people impacted by abortion.

“Every abortion is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision,” said Father Pavone. “But the shockwaves deeply touch all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures — grandparents, siblings, extended families, friends, pro-life advocates, and even abortion providers and clinic workers. The heartache and remorse felt by these people reaches deeply into our society — our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities.”

Mrs. Morana noted that this year, the theme of the bioethics course is “Family, Education and Society,” and the message of Shockwaves dovetails precisely with this focus.

“Abortion leaves an indelible mark on the family,” she said. “But what we try to do with Shockwaves is to show how healing is available for anyone who has taken part in or been impacted by the death of a child.”

Father Pavone added, “This really is a wound for the whole family and healing has to be for the whole family.”
The Shockwaves campaign was launched in January 2015 at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, a former abortionist and former clinic workers marched alongside the women and men who chose abortion and later regretted it.

“Abortion is not an American anomaly,” Mrs. Morana said. “Children are being killed all over the world and their families and communities are being impacted. Our hope is that this international class of students will bring the message of Shockwaves home with them.”

Those who minister to individuals and families will gain insight into how abortion grief affects those with whom they work, Father Pavone said. “An awareness of the Shockwaves will help them in their ministry.”

While in Rome, Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana will connect with Priests for Life staff at their Rome office, and will meet with Vatican officials involved in pro-life work, including Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life and an architect of St. Pope John Paul’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” – the Gospel of Life.

“Cardinal Sgreccia is one of the key voices in the Church for pro-life,” Father Pavone said.

Meetings also are planned with Rome-based media outlets, Father Pavone said. “Priests for Life continues to collaborate with these outlets to disseminate pro-life news and commentary to an international audience.”

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. Frank Pavone in Rome to Help Lead Gospel of Life Celebrations

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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Date: March 23, 2015

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ROME – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is in Rome this week to help lead the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the publication of Pope Saint John Paul’s encyclical, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae).

Tomorrow night there will be an international pro-life vigil at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Father Pavone will be one of five international pro-life leaders helping to lead the prayers and giving a reflection at the vigil, which has been organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

The vigil will begin at 5 p.m. in Rome (noon ET) with a reception. The Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET), with focus on the contemplation of Gospel passages related to the theme of life and interspersed with short testimonies.

At 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), Father Pavone will concelebrate Mass presided over by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Father Pavone worked for the Council for the Family in the years immediately following the publication of Evangelium Vitae.

Father Pavone also will concelebrate Mass on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Basilica and take part in an audience with Pope Francis.

The events commemorating the anniversary of Evangelium Vitae will highlight the importance of prayer in the fight for life. Father Pavone noted that these types of services can be replicated by churches and dioceses all over the world throughout the Easter season. Similar services are planned this week in Fatima, Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico City) and Nazareth.

“We have urged all Dioceses and Churches to participate in this special commemoration,” said Father Pavone. “Along with prayer services, we urge renewed study of the encyclical, and we’ve provided a study guide and other resources at www.ProLifeTeachings.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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Father Pavone: 20th Anniversary of Evangelium Vitae Should Be Celebrated With Prayer, Study

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Date: March 4, 2015

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NEW YORK — March 25 will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), the foundational document for the pro-life efforts of Christian believers.

Pope St. John Paul II wrote the encyclical in 1995 to stir the world “to activate a great campaign in support of life” (EV #95) and to end the “war of the powerful against the weak” (EV #12).

“The worldwide focus on this important anniversary will give pro-lifers an opportunity to demonstrate how far we have come in 20 years to protect the lives of the unborn, through legislation, education, and direct intervention, and to bring healing to those wounded by abortion,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “And it will also give us a worldwide platform for insisting that we have much farther to go in our ultimate goal of ending abortion and resisting efforts to see the elderly and infirm as burdens.”

Father Pavone and Priests for Life have been invited by the Vatican to take part in a special prayer vigil in Rome on March 24 to commemorate the anniversary. Priests for Life urges dioceses, churches and families to join these special prayers wherever they are.

“Prayer is the most important weapon we have to fight the war on life,” said Father Pavone, who was called to work in the Vatican under Pope St. John Paul in the years immediately following the publication of the encyclical.

Priests for Life published a Study Guide to Evangelium Vitae that is designed to be used by an individual or group as a side-by-side companion with the encyclical itself.

“Each section of the encyclical should be prayerfully read, followed by use of the study guide as a springboard to delve more deeply into the text and to stimulate reflection and discussion,” Father Pavone said.

Powerful tools for understanding and celebrating Evangelium Vitae may be found at www.prolifeteachings.com, which includes a link for ordering the study guide.

“We can end abortion and euthanasia in our lifetime,” Father Pavone said. “Evangelium Vitae can help show us the way.”

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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