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Priests for Life on the Frontlines

June 2014

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.

May 2014

Janet Morana speaks and leads men and women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at the Canada March for Life.  See photos

April 2014

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.  See Photos

October 2013

Bryan Kemper was a guest speaker at Annual March for Life and Youth Conference in Australia.

September 2013

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.  See photos

July 2013

Bryan Kemper attends World Youth day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

June 2013

 Priests for Life Pilgrimage to Rome for the Worldwide Day of the Gospel of Life (An Official Event of the Church’s Year of Faith)

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.  See more information 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.  See photos

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 updated program. http://wcfsydney2013.org.au/uploads/WCF-program.pdf?77

February 2013

Fr. Frank attended the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life.  See photo

March 2012

Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Belgium.

December 2011

Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Holland.

September 2011

Bryan Kemper attends the March for Life in Germany.

May 2012

Fr. Pavone said “with the growing international threat to family and life everywhere, the upcoming May 25-27 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.  See photos

April 2012

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..   See photos

February 2011

Priests 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. Click here for pictures.

November 2010

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. Click here for more info and pictures.

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. Click here for pictures.

September 2010

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.

August 2010

Priests for Life travels to Rome and Castel Gandolfo Click here for pictures.

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. Click here for pictures.

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 Human Dignity. Click here for pictures and her speech.

Dr. Alveda King warmly received in Dublin – August 19

Dr. Alveda 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. Click here for pictures and more info on her trip.

July 2010

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. Click here for pictures. 

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. Click here for pictures.

March 2010 

Janet Morana 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 pictures.

February 2010

Cardinal Christoph 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.  Click here for pictures.

January 2010

Fr. Pavone dispatched international outreach team to Africa - [part 1]; [part 2]; [part 3]

Bryan Kemper goes on a speaking tour through New Zealand See photos

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 1]; [part 2]; [part 3]

November 4-6, 2009: Priests for Life was in Spain where the Abortion Debate is Making International Headlines .  Read updates and see photos: [Part 1]; [Part 2]; [Part 3]

August 2009: 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 movement.

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 Care.

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 full 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.

June 2009

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 information.

March 2009

Fr. Denis Wilde in Malta

Fr. Denis 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.  Click here for photos.

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.” -Rebecca Kiessling

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.

January 2009

In January 2009, Priests for Life participated in the Vatican's VI World 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 http://www.emf2009.com
 

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. Priests for 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 basis.

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 EWTN 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 comprising the 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 mission.

Finally, 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 all stages.

 

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