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Religious Leaders to Demand Right to Practice Religion: Annual Prayer Service for the Unborn Will Serve as Rallying Cry for Life and Freedom

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 14, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277
leslie@priestsforlife.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clergy members from dozens of denominations will gather here on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to demand an immediate end to the government assault on the unborn, their mothers and fathers, and on religious freedom.

“We are issuing a call for life and the religious freedom to defend it,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, which, along with other groups, will host the 20th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall.

“For decades, we have been protesting the government’s removal of protection for the unborn. That is why we hold this prayer service in the nation’s capital,” said Father Pavone. “And it is not surprising that a government willing to deny life will also be eventually willing to deny freedom. In the midst of this seat of government power, we will stand up in unity and affirm both life and freedom.”

Priests for Life, of which Father Pavone is also National Director, filed the fourth of more than 80 lawsuits against the “HHS mandate” that says employers must provide free contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to their employees. After a D.C. court ruled against Priests for Life, an emergency injunction was granted on New Year’s Eve that will protect Priests for Life from the mandate while the case is on appeal.

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born, held annually on the morning of the March for Life, brings together clergy and their congregations from across denominational lines. The event is the nation’s principal prayer service on the occasion of the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy and throughout the 50 states.

“For many years we have been crying out for justice for the babies in the womb and for their mothers who are harmed by abortion,” said Dr. Alveda King, full-time director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and a plaintiff in the ministry’s lawsuit. “To force us to participate in a mandate that is totally opposed to everything we believe in would be very egregious to me.”

Among the co-sponsors of the event are Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, and Gary Bauer of American Values. Among the clergy leading prayers will be Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a leader of the nationwide Hispanic evangelical movement.”

The National Memorial is free and open to the public. Large groups can easily be accommodated. Catholics have the option of attending Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue, located at 1776 D St, at 18th Street NW. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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Make Plans to Start March for Life Day at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 6, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 22 is the most important day on the calendar for the pro-life movement, as we mourn the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade and solidify strategies for the upcoming year during the March for Life.

This year also marks the 20th National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, the nation’s premiere ecumenical pro-life prayer service, which will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall.

Sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) and several other national groups, the service of preaching and song brings together clergy from dozens of denominations, all united in the cause of saving the unborn.

“Everything we do on behalf of the unborn begins and ends with prayer,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the NPRC and keynote speaker at the event. “And to pray together, across denominational lines, shows one of the most powerful dynamics uniting the Body of Christ: to stand with Christ is to stand with life, and therefore to stand against whatever destroys it.”

Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the NPRC during the service.

Sponsoring organizations for the service that grows each year include the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, Gospel of Life Ministries and National Pro-Life Radio.

Serving on the Host Committee for the service are Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President of American Values; Dick and Shirley Bott of Bott Radio Network; Rich Bott, President and CEO of Bott Radio Network; Bob Reccord, Executive Director of the Council for National Policy; Alan Sears of Alliance Defending Freedom; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Pastor Luke J. Robinson, Director of Voice of Truth and Life Ministries; Pastor, Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church; Austin Ruse of Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee.

“As we gather for this prayer service this year, we will also issue a strong call for religious liberty in America,” Father Pavone said. “Those who oppose our stand for life increasingly oppose our freedom to take that stand. Now it is time to unite more strongly than ever for both life and freedom!” Priests for Life recently won an injunction against the unjust HHS mandate that would require employers to provide health insurance coverage for practices they find morally objectionable.
The National Memorial will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue. The service is free and open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D. St NW, at 18th Street in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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National Prayer Service to Include Award for Host of Emmy Award-winning Pro-life Television Series

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 8, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the National Pro-Life Religious Council.

Mr. Mattes will receive the award during the 20th annual National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said, “Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the pro-life movement in an exemplary way,” Father Pavone said. “That certainly describes Brad Mattes. He has devoted his life to making sure the truth about abortion is known throughout the country and across the globe.”

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Life Issues Institute was established by pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke and his recently deceased wife, Barbara, to develop and globally disseminate effective pro-life educational material. Dr. Willke chose and trained Mr. Mattes to carry this work into the future.

Its weekly television show, Facing Life Head-On, which Mr. Mattes hosts and serves as executive producer, is a three-time Regional Emmy winner that is available to more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Mattes also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary carried on nearly 1,100 radio outlets across the nation. He is president of the International Right to Life Federation and is a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and related life issues, including the impact of abortion on men.

“I greatly admire the National Pro-life Religious Council because these are the people who walk their faith even when it’s hard to do so,” Mr. Mattes said. “In past years, we’ve seen many religious leaders forsake biblical truths for temporal gain or prestige. The National Pro-Life Religious Council is often ‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,’ working to counter a moral and ethical vacuum in society. I’m honored to be the 2014 recipient of their National Pro-life Recognition Award, and I’m blessed to serve alongside them.”

The National Memorial, which is always held on the morning of the March for Life, is the nation’s premiere prayer event, bringing hundreds of interdenominational clergy together to pray for an end to abortion. Last year’s event drew more than 1,500 people to Constitution Hall to pray for the unborn, for the re-emergence of a culture of life and a restoration of religious liberty.

“The 2014 event has been in the planning stages since the day after the 2013 March for Life, and it promises to be bigger and even more spirit-filled than last year,” said Father Pavone, who noted that the event is co-sponsored by the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The prayer service begins at 8:30 and will end at 10:30, providing plenty of time to get to the March for Life Rally. For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

For information, go to NationalPrayerService.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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