New York, NY – Speaking from the international headquarters of Priests for Life in New York City, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, announced today that the ministry of Priests for Life will be dedicated in a special way to the protection of Saint John Paul II, who was canonized yesterday.
“I was privileged to converse with Pope John Paul II multiple times about the work of Priests for Life, and he expressed strong support and encouragement,” recalled Fr. Frank, who worked at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family under the pontificate of John Paul II. The Pontifical Council for the Family fosters the pro-life work of the Catholic Church.
“Given that connection, and given the priority he placed on the defense of innocent human life from the evil of abortion, it is highly appropriate that we place our entire ministry and activity under his special patronage,” Fr. Frank explained.
A special ceremony to carry out this action will take place at the next general meeting of the entire Pastoral Team of Priests for Life on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. At that time, the Priests for Life team will issue a more detailed statement about the importance of taking this step.
“All who do pro-life work need his intercession today more than ever, both to withstand the attacks that come from all directions and also to avoid the temptation to think that somehow the defense of the unborn should be less of a priority than other issues. Both for the Church and the state, there is one moral imperative today that stands above all the rest: to end abortion,” Fr. Frank concluded.