"Without doubt, Priests for Life has offered to the Church
a great service in the Pro-Life movement. By all indications, Father Pavone
is a truly charismatic leader who has led PFL to significant heights."
From the Report on the Apostolic Visitation
Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, Vatican City
April 7, 2015
I’ve written you this
letter – and that quote from the Congregation of the Clergy – because it’s clear that the Vatican has high expectations for you and Priests for Life.
I say that because of the important role Priests for Life has been asked to play in the World Meeting of Families that will take place this September in Philadelphia when Pope Francis will come to remind the world of the vital and important role the family plays in society.
Once the site for the World Meeting was announced, Priests for Life mobilized some 70 national pro-life leaders to sign a letter to the Vatican and to the Philadelphia Archdiocese expressing support for this crucial pro-life / pro-family gathering. I presented the letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family in person and I remember his expression of gratitude and satisfaction at seeing the way we at Priests for Life were able to garner such strong support for the upcoming event.
And as a result …
… Priests for Life was asked to organize a special pro-life event that will take place during the Word Meeting of Families!
This is both a tremendous honor and a heavy responsibility. And because it is, I need you to do two things today:
- PRAY!!! Ask God to fill us with His grace as we seek to discern His will for us as we put together this important pro-life event.
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The fact that we've been invited to take such a leading role in the World Meeting of Families confirms the effectiveness of our work and the fact that Priests for Life is recognized as the face and voice of the pro-life movement.
As for the World Meeting itself, it is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, where I worked while at the Vatican in the late 1990s. In fact, I was privileged to help organize the Second World Meeting of Families, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1997. Now we are approaching the eighth such meeting -- the first one to be held in the United States. And while the entire World Meeting is a life-affirming gathering, the event we are organizing is unique in that it will focus specifically and exclusively on the fact that
the family cannot survive unless its weakest members -- the children in the womb -- are protected. Pulling together the leadership of the pro-life movement from America and around the world, we will focus on the two-fold truth that nothing is more destructive of the family
than abortion, and that no priority is greater than ending it.
Right now we’re still planning our event. But I can tell you that it will include much prayer, a talk (or two), and a strategy session involving national pro-life leaders and Church officials. We are confident that those coming will not want to miss the special guests we have invited. They have not yet been confirmed so I don’t want to say anything more about that until the list is finalized.
For now I just need two things from you:
PRAYERS for our event’s success, as well as the success of the entire World Meeting of Families.
GIFT that will help fund this project along with all that we are doing to bring an end to legalized abortion-on-demand in America.
Please help with as large a gift as you can make today.
Our work together in the pro-life vineyard is terribly important for the future of our nation and of civilization as a whole. No injustice causes more damage and destruction to our world and to society than abortion. It is the single gravest evil of our day.
That’s why the Church speaks out against this crime so boldly and so forcefully.
And it’s why I dedicate every moment of my life to bringing an end to abortion. Knowing you share the depth of my commitment to this fight is a great comfort to me and one reason why I am so excited to tell you that the Vatican recognizes the great work we are doing to end abortion and wants us to host this special event during the World Meeting of Families.
I know you’ll do all you can to help make it happen.
Which is why I remember you at every Mass I offer. I do so in heartfelt appreciation for all that you do for me, for Priests for Life, for the pro-life movement and for God’s unborn children. Thank you again, my friend, and may God bless you.
Sincerely yours in the Risen Lord,
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
P.S. When you pray for the World Meeting of Families, pray especially for this uniquely focused event Priests for Life will host during the Meetings. As I told you,
ours will be the event that most exclusively focuses on the fight against abortion. To be the success it must, we’re going to need your prayers; as well as your financial support. Please be as generous as you can with both.
NOTE: If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to Priests for Life and send it to us at PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314. If you have any questions, call us toll-free at 888-735-3448.
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