Happy New Year! – And Why Were These Words of the Pope Omitted?

Happy New Year, everybody! I remembered you all at Mass on New Year’s Day, praying for your intentions, your families, and for the victory of Life!

One of the resolutions I made for 2015 is to share more with you directly on this blog, to which I will also link from my main Facebook page (Facebook.com/FatherFrankPavone) which I invite you to like if you haven’t already, and from the other social media platforms I use. I want to share with you by means of this blog more of what I do each day, to give those who follow our work more of an inside view to what it is like, and also to share with you more frequently than my regular columns allow my thoughts on various issues, developments, and so forth as they impact the battle to protect children in the womb.

I hope you all had a good celebration of the holidays. Of course, the Christmas – New Year’s celebration continues all the way through January 11, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks the conclusion of the liturgical Christmas season.

Yesterday, for New Year’s Day, I was here in my New York office and spent a full day of quiet work at my desk in my room, organizing many tasks for the month ahead, doing a lot of scheduling, organizing files for upcoming projects, doing some writing, and preparing for meetings I’m having this week with staff and other pro-life leaders.

Today, the staff are here, and I am engaged in various meetings with them regarding projects we are carrying out, for instance, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion, about which we have a press conference next week in Washington DC.

Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows:

“The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.”

Now the broadcast of this involves a feed that comes from the Vatican, whereby you hear the Pope speaking in Italian, and then you hear a translator, who has the text in front of him, saying it in English. Interestingly, when it came to this particular paragraph, the translators skipped the words about the babies in the womb and about the modern day Herods and about the generous love of parents and the culture that does not love life. I could tell the translator was skipping something. Later, when I obtained the text of the talk from the Vatican website, I went back to the audio recording that I myself was making at that very moment that I was listening to it, and noticed in fact, the glaring omission. The rest of the entire talk was perfectly conveyed and nothing was missing.

Just amazing.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection


This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore” (Psalm 131:3).

Reflection: The month of November is dedicated in a particular way to praying for the dead. This includes children who died before birth. These children did not have the opportunity to be baptized; the Church teaches, however, that we can hope for their salvation, and that we can entrust them with confidence to the mercy of God.

Prayer: Lord, You love these aborted children even more than we do, and You provide in mysterious ways for them to take hold of eternal life in Christ. We entrust them to You and we pray that the killing may stop. Amen.

Prayer Vigil for “Gosnell Babies” Friday in Philadelphia

Priests for Life

Date: July 15, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today regarding a prayer vigil planned for 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, outside the office of Philadelphia Medical Examiner Dr. Sam Gulino:

“In the 2010 raid of the abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, the remains of some 45 babies were found in jars, milk cartons, and other containers throughout the clinic and in the freezer. It is bad enough that these children were killed, whether in the womb or outside the womb. But their bodies have still not been buried, despite the offer of Priests for Life to conduct proper funeral services and burials, and the assistance likewise offered by funeral homes and other interested persons from around the nation.

“The babies are currently still in the possession of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner. As a reminder of their humanity, and as a sign of our solidarity with them, Priests for Life is holding a prayer service on Friday, July 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. in front of the building where they are being kept, at 321 University Ave., Philadelphia. If the Medical Examiner will not bring these babies to us, then we will go to them.

“Our Youth Director, Bryan Kemper, and our Pastoral Associate Kevin Burke, who works in the outreach of our Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, will assist in leading the service, in conjunction with our friend and colleague, Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. We invite all people of good will to join us.

“The purpose of this prayer service is to commend these babies, their families, and those who killed them, to the love and mercy of Almighty God, in whose hands are the lives of us all. We seek to continue to shed light on the fact that these children are our brothers and sisters, and that their bodies are sacred and must be reverenced. We have already given them names, and we will hold a major national funeral service at some point in the near future.

“We seek, likewise, to shed light on the violence of abortion, which killed these children. The killing of a child is equally wrong whether it is carried out inside the womb or outside the womb. It is the violence itself that must end; the place where it occurs is secondary.

“We also use this opportunity to extend an urgent invitation to healing for all those who have been involved in abortion. We who reject abortion do not reject those who have had abortions; rather, we embrace them with compassion and love. Nor do we reject those who work or have worked in the abortion industry. They, too, need healing and compassion, which we provide through our work with the Society of Centurions, a program of healing and outreach for former abortionists and clinic staff.

“We invite all people of good will to join our efforts at StopAbortionNow.org.

See the Facebook event page.

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.

Priests for Life applauds N.D. governor for his courage

Priests for Life

Friends, great news! Very recently I emailed our Priests for Life family to ask them to encourage the Governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, to sign the strongest pro-life legislation in the country. Many of you responded, and today the Governor did what we encouraged him to do!

When the People of God speak up, results happen! Please see the good news about North Dakota below, and please help us gain similar victories with our other action alerts at www.priestsforlife.org/alert.

Date: March 26, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life has strongly supported the three measures that Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota signed into law today. Abortionists should be required to have hospital admitting privileges, just as they should be required to observe other measures that they routinely resist, but that fulfill what Roe vs. Wade itself said, namely, that “The State has a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that insure maximum safety for the patient.” [410 U.S. 113, 150]

Furthermore, abortions carried out for sex-selection and genetic defects embody and advance deep and destructive prejudices, and should be prohibited, as this new law does.

Finally, as for the heartbeat legislation, the Governor should be applauded for his courage in signing a bill that so dramatically challenges the Supreme Court’s ignorant prejudice against the unborn that continues to deny them equal protection under law. This legislation can begin to reverse that prejudice. I’ve never heard a good reason why the law should permit a baby’s beating heart to be stopped.

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.

See a related video HERE

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection



This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26)

Reflection: It is only of God that the word “create” is used, because only he is the one who can bring life out of nothing. The sanctity of life has its root in the unique relationship that human beings have with their Creator. Life is sacred because it comes from God, belongs to God, and returns to God.

Prayer: Thank you, Father of Life, for creating me. Thank you for creating every human being, born and unborn, healthy and sick. Thank you for life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection

“Life is always a good. …Why is life a good?… The life which God gives man is …a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.34).

Reflection: Abortion advocates say that the embryo or fetus is “just a collection of cells.” But this is no argument at all. The same can be said of you and me. If someone does not see the dignity of the human person, their view of people is just reduced to cells.

Prayer: Fill us with wonder, Lord, at your glory shining through every human life. Amen.

Lawsuits against HHS mandate continue with Obama re-election


STATEN ISLAND, NY — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, welcomed news that the first lawsuit filed against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate will be heard by a federal appeals court.

The suit, brought by Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will be heard Dec. 14 by the U.S. Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia.

Priests for Life’s lawsuit, filed in February, was the fourth of some 30 actions that challenge the constitutionality of the mandate.

“A different outcome on Election Day, followed by the elimination of this mandate, would have resolved the problems these lawsuits seek to correct. Now, however, they are more important than ever,” said Father Pavone. “This administration is on a collision course with the Catholic Church, and with anyone who treasures the religious liberty guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It’s encouraging that the Court of Appeals has decided to hear the Belmont Abbey suit, and I’m confident Priests for Life’s suit also will have its day in court and that we will prevail.

“Meanwhile, we invite all citizens to express their solidarity with us by signing the “Citizens’ Amicus Brief” at www.priestsforlife.org/hhsmandate/amicus-brief.aspx.”


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.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection










This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org.

“In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State is no longer the “common home” where all can live together on the basis of principles of fundamental equality, but is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenseless members” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.20).

Reflection: Some see laws permitting abortion as a minor flaw; the Pope is saying here that they change the very nature of the state.

Prayer: Lord, free us from the tyranny of governments that think they can dispose of human life. Amen.

Today’s Pro-Life Reflection










This reflection is taken from my book Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org.

“You will show me the path to life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11).

Reflection: Many men and women who have lost children to abortion are speaking publicly about their sin and forgiveness through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign (a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life). This campaign shows the harm abortion does, leads people to healing, and reveals the power and mercy of Christ. There is no reason to be locked in sin, shame, and silence.

Prayer: Lord, bless all the men and women who are speaking out about their abortion experiences. Thank you for their courage. Amen.

Thoughts about Nellie Gray

It’s hard to believe that Nellie Gray has died. Apparently she passed away over the weekend in her Washington DC apartment.

Nellie founded the March for Life, but often related to me how she really never intended to do so. She just hosted a meeting of other interested parties, who decided to hold a march in response to the dreadful Roe vs. Wade decision. They thought, Nellie said, that they could do it once and then the matter would be done with. But one march led to another and to another.

But Nellie never tired.

In recent years, she would often say to me, “I’m not as fast as I used to be in doing all of this.” And a few years ago, she tripped on the stage during the Rally on the March for Life day. I went to check on her in the emergency room that afternoon, and she was quickly on the mend. The very next morning, when we had a scheduled meeting of prolife leaders, there she was, present and accounted for, with a big bandage on her head, but nevertheless fully engaged in the meeting.

She was the same way just a couple of weeks ago when I met with her to discuss plans for this coming January’s march. Fully engaged, as if it were the first day of the battle. “We need to do something to pull this movement together, in unity, on the Life Principles,” she said, with as much determination as I have ever heard.

May we all move forward, with a double portion of her spirit!