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Priests for Life, Alveda King, Participate in Vatican conference

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Date: December 13, 2017

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TITUSVILLE, FL — Priests for Life and Evangelist Alveda King have just taken part in the Catholic Inspired Organization’s 2017 forum that met in Rome Dec. 11-13.

Alveda King is the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn, the African-American Outreach of Priests for Life. Bob Lalonde is the director for international activities for Priests for Life and is the organization’s main representative to the United Nations. Priests for Life participates at the UN as a registered NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

Catholic Inspired Organizations that are registered NGOs at the United Nations were first called together at the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI. The gathering recognized that the UN is often the place where pro-abortion, anti-family concepts and language are introduced and attempts made to insert these concepts into international law. Catholic lay organizations are seen as the best defense against these radical attempts to normalize abortion, euthanasia and other anti-life measures.

“The mission of this gathering is a lofty one,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, who worked at the Vatican under St. John Paul II at the Pontifical Council for the Family. “It aims to strengthen the Church’s voice in every aspect of society, but especially where the dignity of every human being – born or unborn – is concerned. Priests for Life is grateful to be included in this mission and we have much to contribute to these vital conversations.”

This was the first visit to the Vatican for Ms. King, the niece of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

“I’m traveling with a prayerful heart and an open mind to learn how those of us devoted to promoting the sanctity of every human life can work together,” Ms. King said.

Mr. Lalonde, who attended the conference for the second time, said “We appreciate the important efforts of the organizers and valuable contributions of all the participating international organizations.”

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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Boycott a Distraction as Alveda’s “Rome for The Holidays” Tour with a special visit to Joan Lewis’ Home and more continues…

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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Amid protests and boycotts over his attendance during the opening of two civil rights museums in Jackson, Mississippi last week, our US President Donald John Trump said: “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man I have studied, watched, and admired for my entire life.”

As God would have it, I read the account of POTUS’ visit to the new museums from Rome, Italy where yours truly has been invited to attend the Catholic-Inspired NGO’s Conference during this Christmas season.

In the midst of the stress, strife and distractions the world can cook up, especially during the holidays, the blessing of combing prayers, work and Christmas cheer is appropriate and indescribable. Meanwhile, President Trump’s words continue to be uplifting.

I’m considering this trip to Rome to be a Priests for Life working tour laced with holiday cheer. While here, I am remembering the words of Pope Francis in the section about the power of love to remain resilient, even in the face of trial, in his pastoral letter on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” where the Pope writes: “Here I think of the words of Martin Luther King who met every kind of trial and tribulation with fraternal love.” The Pope also quotes at length my Uncle’s 1957 sermon given at Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in which Uncle M. L. said: “The person who hates you most has some good in him; even the nation that hates you most has some good in it; even the race [Acts 17:26 One Blood/One Human Race] that hates you most has some good in it.”

Then Pope Francis expounded further on MLK’s words: “And when you come to the point that you look in the face of every [person] and see deep down within [that human being] what religion calls ‘the image of God’, you begin to love [people] in spite of [everything],” Dr. King continued.

Needless to say, MLK’s Message is relevant to the purpose and mission of my Christmas tour; which is spreading the message of The Agape Love of Christ and the sanctity of life around the world.

Photos and social media accounts of this journey are forthcoming on Priests for Life on the Frontlines.

Notwithstanding jet lag, the journey continues to be amazing. Along with visits to the Vatican, and meeting leaders of the Christian world, there’s also time for sightseeing such as St. Peter’s Square, The Trevi Fountain and quaint sidewalk cafes.

An exceptional delight has been the fellowship with the people of the Italian community; such hospitality at every turn, regardless of ethnicity, religion and socio-economic conditions.

A special interview and visit to the home of EWTN’s Joan Lewis has caused me to pause and make note of what I’m calling “GG’s (Gorgeous Grandma’s) Visit with Joan at her Home for the Holidays.” I can only wish that you’d been able to join us for the warm and delicious coffee, cake, and historical perusing among Joan’s collection of beautiful memories expressed in so many ways that lovely morning.

Since my blogs are usually filled with lectures, lessons, encouragement and prayers for concerns for the world, it’s a refreshing change of pace to share some joyful highlights.

However, there’s still some of the lecture mode going on during this journey as well. For instance, back home in America once again members of The Congressional Black Caucus and a few members of the “old guard 20th Century Civil Rights Movement” missed yet another opportunity to speak up for the civil rights of the unborn last Friday; choosing instead to boycott the opening of the two new civil rights museums in Mississippi, where POTUS attended to bless the historical site.

(Author’s Note: In a 1958 interview, MLK expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, “I don’t think the Republican Party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic Party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.” MLK was never registered as Democrat or Republican. He was an Independent.)

Enough said about that for now; except that it’s all part of the “work” angle of my Rome mission; to bring awareness of the sanctity of life issues to light.

Meanwhile, God’s infinite love and mercy are allowing my heart to pray for you my beloved readers during this season; and to bring reconciliation to our broken communities.

As you join in by reading about my journaled Rome trek, and my soon to be released KING TRUTHS, if you are hurting in any way, maybe from loss of a loved one or some other painful situation, may God’s grace and goodness touch you during your deepest moments and bring light, love and healing to you!

There’s more to come from Rome before we head for Home. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Stay tuned. Chao!

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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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