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Janet Morana, Executive Director and Leslie Palma, Director of
Communications travel to Rome to each teach a class at the Pontifical
College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. Janet also interviews Church officials
for our various programs on EWTN - Defending Life, Sacerdotes por la Vida
and The Catholic View for Women.
Janet Morana speaks and leads men and women of the Silent No More
Awareness Campaign at the
Canada March for Life.
Janet Morana was in Toronto for Campaign Life Coalition Conference.
She was a speaker at the Conference and participated in meetings with the
Campaign Life Coalition leaders.
Bryan Kemper was a guest speaker at Annual March for Life and Youth
Conference in Australia.
Janet Morana traveled to Auckland, New Zealand from Saturday,
September 21, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013 to speak at the Rise Up
Together in the Service of Life Conference.
Bryan Kemper attends World Youth day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Priests for Life Pilgrimage to Rome for the Worldwide Day
of the Gospel of Life (An Official Event of the Church’s Year of
The events included educational seminars,
Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions, a Candlelight Procession in Rome and a Mass in Saint Peter's Square celebrated by Pope Francis.
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and audio and video of the Pilgrimage
While in Italy they also travelled to Magenta, Mesero and Milan, Italy to
visit the family of St. Gianna Molla and to see the places where she lived,
worked and prayed.
April 12, 2013
World Congress of Families
Fr. Pavone is grateful for the World Congress of Families for holding
their seventh conference in Sydney (May 15-18) which is now less than 5
weeks away and encourages all to attend if they can. Priests for Life has
been a strong supporter of the World Congress of Families over the years and
we believe that the Sydney congress will be a milestone in the international
battle to focus attention on the plight of unborn children and the
catastrophe of rapidly declining fertility, to maintain marriage as the
union of a man and a woman, and the fight for parental rights. Here’s the
Fr. Frank attended the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for
Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Belgium.
Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Holland.
Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Germany.
Fr. Pavone said “with the growing international threat to family
and life everywhere, the upcoming
World Congress of Families VI (WCF)* in Madrid, Spain has never
been needed more” and is pleased to send Dr. Alveda King, Priests
for Life African American Outreach Director to address the congress on
important life issues. Alveda will speak on the grave harm being done to the
African American family, and all American families, by the ever advancing
Culture of Death as represented by Planned Parenthood. The American
experience is one that applies to all nations, because America’s Culture of
Death is increasingly seeking to impose itself around the world.
Priests for Life has been a long-time supporter of the WCF which is an
international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and
people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the
natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil
society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948).
Janet Morana in Canada for the Canada March for Life.
Janet Morana travels to the Holy Land on a Footprints of God Pilgrimage.
She is joined by Catholic Radio's Teresa Tomeo and led by Catholic author,
speaker and Holy Land guide, Steve Ray..
for Life assists the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome
The week of February 21, three members of the Priests for Life Pastoral Team
travelled to Rome for the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for
Life. Fr. Frank Pavone, who is a member of the Academy, along with Dr.
Theresa Burke and Janet Morana participated in the meeting from Thursday to
Saturday. The Assembly, bringing members from around the world, focused,
among other themes, on post-abortion trauma and healing. The Pontifical
Academy for Life, which engages in research on life issues at the service of
the Holy See, asked Dr. Theresa Burke to give the presentation on what the
scientific literature says about the damage abortion does.
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Fr. Frank joins Pope at Prayer Vigil in Rome - November 26-29
Fr. Frank Pavone attended the Papal Prayer Vigil for Nascent Human Life at
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
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Priests for Life travels to the International
Theological Institute in Vienna, Austria – November 18-20
In November 2010, Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, and Dr Theresa and Kevin
Burke traveled to Vienna, Austria to address the International Theological
Institute and meet with the bishops of Austria.
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Dr. Theresa Burke and Bob Lalonde in Australia
After urgent requests from New Zealand and Australia, Fr. Pavone sent Bob
Lalonde and Theresa Burke to reenergize the prolife movement and
to continue to build on our Outreach Ministries in that part of the world. Click
here for pictures and more info on the conference.
Priests for Life travels to Rome and Castel Gandolfo
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Fr. Frank Pavone and Pope Benedict XVI - August 29
Cardinal Schonborn of Austria and Fr. Frank Pavone gave Pope Benedict XVI a
brief update about the work of Priests for Life, with special focus on the
post-abortion healing work. They spoke with him at his summer palace
at Castel Gandolfo.
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Dr. Alveda King speaks
at the European Parliament on Human Dignity – August 19
Dr. Alveda King was the
featured speaker at events at the European Parliament in Brussels, at
Parliament in Westminster and in Dublin on Civil Rights, Human Dignity and
Faith. Lawmakers were addressed at the events organized by Working Groups on
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Dr. Alveda King warmly received
in Dublin – August 19
King took the message that the civil rights movement of today is the
pro-life movement to Dublin at the invitation of Gay Mitchell, Member of the
European Parliament from Ireland. Mr. Mitchell warmly welcomed Dr. King and
introduced her to members of the Irish Parliament, including Enda Kenny,
leader of the Fine Gael party.
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Rachel's Vineyard Retreats begin in Germany
The first Rachel's Vineyard retreat in Hildesheim Germany coordinated by
Anne Arthur was held in July 2010.
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Janet Morana in Vienna
Janet Morana traveled to Vienna to speak to the students at the
International Theological Institute upon invite from the founder,
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, after his visit to New York in February.
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travels to Rome to speak to the Pontifical Council for the Family
Janet Morana and other Priests for Life staff traveled to Rome in late March
2010 to attend the Pontificium Consilium Pro Familia Pro-Life Leaders
International Study Seminar. Janet gave a presentation titled, Report on the Pro-Life Movement in North America.
Click here for Janet's presentation and
Schönborn Visits Priests for Life Headquarters
Fr. Frank Pavone concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Schönborn at St. Patrick’s
Cathedral in New York, NY. Fr. Frank, Janet Morana, Bob Lalonde, and
Margaret Sciarrino attended a dinner for Cardinal Schönborn and the
International Theological Institute.
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Fr. Pavone dispatched international outreach team to Africa - [part
Bryan Kemper goes on a speaking tour through New Zealand.
November 30-December 3, 2009: Priests for Life in Manila,
Philippines for the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life 2009 National
Conference . Read updates and see photos: [part
November 4-6, 2009: Priests for Life was in Spain where the
Abortion Debate is Making International Headlines . Read updates and
see photos: [Part
Rachel's Vineyard holds training conference in London
August 10-12, 2009
Priests for Life Co-Sponsored the World
Congress of Families V, Amsterdam
The World Congress of Families V opened on August 10 in Amsterdam with a
blockbuster list of internationally renowned speakers including our very own
Janet Morana and participants from all around the world. Fr. Frank Pavone
was pleased to have Priests for Life co-sponsor this important gathering and
also to host a meeting for the leadership of the international pro-life
Highlights of the first day included Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA concelebrating
Mass for international guests and an interview by Radio Netherlands of Fr.
Carlos Simon Vazquez, Deputy Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the
Family, at the Priests for Life exhibit booth and international outreach
desk. While international and Dutch press reported on Priests for Life
activities and materials, participants from Spain, France, Nigeria, Kenya,
Thailand, Romania, Mexico and Canada among other countries expressed
appreciation for Priests for Life's ministries including Rachel's Vineyard
and the Silent No More Awareness campaign. Many picked up and wore our
buttons "Women Do Regret Abortion" and "I Regret Lost Fatherhood."
Priests for Life was invited by the Vatican's Council of the Family to
attend the conference and to continue to spread its much needed gospel of
life to every corner of the world.
Day 2 of the World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam brought many
blessings. Along with Janet Morana's arrival, Priests for Life has generated
much international press. Given Priests for Life's reputation we have
literally had back-to-back interviews with French, Dutch and Swedish radio
and print journalists.
After stimulating talks on such topics as The Influence of Modern Media on
the Family and The Social and Economic Effects of Declining Birthrates, the
day ended with Priests for Life's reception for international pro-life
leaders from every continent who discussed future collaborative efforts and
are taking our materials back to their home countries.
The World Congress of Families wound up its 5th international conference
with a final day of experts speaking on critical topics such as The
Influence of the United Nations on Families Around the World, How Cloning
and Stem Cell Research Affect Family Life and Euthanasia and Palliative
Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and
Executive Director of Priests for Life, gave a motivating, inspirational
talk (see link above) on How Life Issues Affect Women. She drew great
interest and many questions about how to start campaigns in individual
countries. Read the
presentation version or the
version of her talk.
Fr. Denis Wilde, OSA concelebrated Mass with bishops from The Netherlands
and Spain and led the liturgical music daily.
Our Priests for Life international outreach desk was completely depleted of
all the materials we brought and we even ended up donating luggage for Fr
John of Nigeria to carry away the last few books, CDs, and brochures.
PFL commends the organizers of the WCF for their defense of the family and
the right to life. Fr Pavone was honored to support this global initiative
and pleased by the growing international support for our various ministries.
Priests for Life was in Spain for the
Re-Consecration of the country to the Sacred Heart and the start of the 'Year
for Priests'. Click here for more
Fr. Denis Wilde in Malta
Wilde, OSA, Associate Director, travelled to Malta to have various meetings
and preaching and teaching the Gospel of Life to students, priests and laity.
After Malta he will travel to Rome.
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March 6-8, 2009
Priests for Life Co-Sponsored 128 Students at 2nd International Student
Pro-Life Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland
“My value is not based on how I was conceived.”
In conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC),
Priests for Life co-sponsored 128 students attending the 2nd International
Student Pro-Life Conference on March 6-8, 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland. This
dynamic event featured personal stories behind the “hard cases” of abortion
and focused on the theme “I Am Here.” Keynote international pro-life speaker
Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived after her mother was raped, was joined
by professionals in Bioethics and Post Abortion Counseling. Margaret Cuthill,
the Regional Coordinator for Priests for Life’s
Silent No More
Awareness Campaign, gave a testimonial “I chose abortion”. In addition
to being a terrific educational opportunity, the conference networks pro-lifers
ages 17 to 35 years from around the world. For more information,
please visit the conference website. You can read
Margaret Cuthill’s testimony online.
In January 2009, Priests for Life participated in the Vatican's
Meeting of Families in Mexico City by meeting with pro-life leaders,
bishops and cardinals from around the world; formally addressing approximately
12,000 congress participants; and distributing thousands of pro-life brochures,
signs and prayer cards. See our daily reports and gallery of photos by
clicking here. Read (in English or
Spanish) of the values and objectives of the meeting, Pope Benedict XVI's
address and the press releases at
Our International Resources
The mission of Priests for Life, like the Church itself, is international in
scope. Below are links to several very important resources that assist
pro-lifers in different countries to fight the scourge of abortion.
We have always enjoyed the active support of the
Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the Holy Father's office at
the Vatican entrusted with the coordination and encouragement of ministries
for life and family throughout the world. Fr. Pavone was appointed as an
Official at the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1997.
Leaders, bishops, and priests from many nations continue to approach us
for assistance in establishing "Priests for Life" ministries as well as our
other ministries in their own countries.
Life Canada (Prêtres
Pro-Vie Canada) was the first to formally establish such an entity. Our
priests and leaders travel extensively to many countries and we send
pro-life educational materials to every corner of the globe on a daily
We have a Multilingual Outreach offering
publications and materials in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and
Polish. Through Fr. Pavone’s Defending Life television series
broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), we instruct
millions in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim on
the scriptural, medical, psychological and legal aspects of defeating
abortion and building a Culture of Life. (See
Television Schedules for program times.)
Additionally, our Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More ministries have
spread to every populated continent by working hand-in-hand with local lay
leaders and clergy. Rachel’s Vineyard
weekend retreats offer healing after abortion for women and men. The
Silent No More Awareness Campaign holds
events at which women and publicly speak out about the devastating
emotional, psychological and physical impact that abortion has on them and
their families. The Campaign maintains a network of
regional coordinators in North America, Europe, Africa and Oceania
Priests for Life is deeply committed to the
unity of the pro-life movement and actively collaborates with national
and local groups. We have developed an extensive list of organizations
International Pro-Life Community as a service to those seeking
information about pro-life activities and developments in their own country,
state or city. Additionally, we have assembled
daily abortion news sources providing a global perspective of our
work at the United Nations began in 2003 when Priests for Life became a
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. As an NGO, Priests for
Life supports international policies protecting the dignity of human life at