Prayer Service to Coincide with Papal Event
Mass added; Catholic bishops expected

Priests for Life

January 16, 2013

Washington, DC – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today that plans for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers are progressing very well and generating a lot of attention and interest.

The interdenominational event is the premier prayer event marking the 40th year since Roe vs. Wade and will be held on the morning of the March for Life, Friday, January 25, at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), from 8:30 to 10:30am.

“Leaders from dozens of denominations will be present, including Catholic bishops,” said Fr. Pavone. “For Catholics, this reflects the Church’s full commitment to authentic Christian unity. Such efforts are reflected especially well in the pro-life movement. As Pope John Paul II wrote in The Gospel of Life, ‘No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone's task and responsibility.’ (n. 91).”

Prior to the start of the interdenominational service, there will be a Mass for the convenience of Catholics attending the event. The Mass will be held at the same location, Constitution Hall, at 7:30am.

Noteworthy is the fact that on the same day as the prayer service, which is also the concluding day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict XVI will be holding an interdenominational service in Rome as an official event of the Church’s “Year of Faith.”

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