March 25: A Special Day


Fr. Frank Pavone


Normally, March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation, when God became an unborn child within the body of the Virgin Mary. This year, because this date falls in Holy Week, the Feast is transferred to Monday, April 8.

But in whatever way it is being observed, we offer these links to assist you to reflect on the meaning of the Annunciation and to renew your commitment to defend the unborn.

That fact that Jesus took on a human nature on the Annunciation, thereby joining all human life to himself, gives rise to two other aspects of this special day.

First, in several nations, March 25 is observed as the Day of the Unborn Child. In some cases this is a designation from the Church and in other cases the government itself declared this observance. Pope Francis, when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, observed the Day of the Unborn Child in Argentina.

Second, because of the meaning of this day, it was on March 25, 1995 that Pope John Paul II issued his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), a Magna Charta for the pro-life movement. He considered this one of the most important documents of his long and fruitful pontificate. So do we. We invite you to read and re-read this marvelous teaching and to utilize the study guide our pastoral team has put together for it.