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Send your prayers to Rome for Mother Teresa’s canonization

Priests for Life associates to take part in and attend Sept. 4 ceremony

 

Priests for Life


8/30/2016

       
   
 
When Mother Teresa is canonized in Rome on Sept. 4, Priests for Life will be there.
 
Priest associate Monsignor Michael Mannion, who had a 28-year friendship with Mother Teresa, will concelebrate the Mass. Two members of Priests for Life’s international team – Bob Lalonde and Geoffrey Strickland (who staffs our Rome office) – will be in attendance and carry with them the prayers and petitions of Priests for Life supporters.
 
“Mother Teresa touched many of our lives here at Priests for Life,” said Father Frank Pavone. “In 1994, just a year after taking over as national director of Priests for Life, she invited me to speak to sisters and priests in India about our work. We had many discussions about the pro-life movement, and she wrote a personal letter urging people to join Priests for Life. When I told her about some of the legal persecution that pro-life people face, she looked at me and said, ‘Father, if we had laws like that here in India, I would have been thrown in jail many times!’
 
“We also discussed her Feb. 3, 1994 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, in which she told our government leaders that the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, and then asked this question: If we say the mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Her assertions about abortion were greeted with thunderous applause – with the exception of then-President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and Al and Tipper Gore! Now, over two decades later, both Mrs. Clinton and Mother Teresa are on the stage of history at the same time once again, as the one seeks the presidency and the other is raised to the altars.”
 
When Fr. Pavone told Mother Teresa what an impact the speech made on the pro-life community, she asked. "What about the rest of the American people?” She gave him a copy of the speech and asked him to spread it far and wide, which Priests for Life has been doing ever since. The speech is available at www.priestsforlife.org/MotherTeresa. 
 
Monsignor Mannion’s relationship with Mother Teresa dates back to when he was a student in Rome in 1970 and was sent to pick her up at the airport. The following year, he worked with her in refugee camps in Bangladesh that were home to almost a million desperate people.
 
Monsignor Mannion was in the CNN studios in Atlanta during coverage of Mother Teresa’s funeral, and says he will be honored to be at her canonization Mass.
 
Another member of our team who had personal interaction with Mother Teresa was Dr. Theresa Burke, co-founder of Rachel's Vineyard, the world's largest program for healing after abortion, and a ministry of Priests for Life. Mother Teresa blessed and praised the work of this much-needed healing apostolate, and has been an inspiration for Theresa ever since.
 
At www.priestsforlife.org/MotherTeresa, the public is invited to share the ways Mother Teresa has touched their lives. 
 
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.
 
 
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2 Comments
melissa says:
10/31/2016 7:21:04 PM
My dear Lord , please heal my relationship with my fiance' SHN , touch his heart to love me and contact me , please help me hear from him very soon , i need him more than always . you know how i feel these days . please send me miracle to solve my situation. please answer my prayers .my dear Lord i am sure your power will change every thing to well . in Jesus name . Amen

Patrick Cain says:
8/30/2016 5:27:29 PM
I pray for an end to abortion at least in this great country the U.S.A.!

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