Just days before the largest 40 Days for Life campaign kicks off across America, Archbishop Vincenzio Paglia, the newly appointed president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, extended the Holy See’s official endorsement of their work.
The letter, which was addressed to David Bereit, Executive Director of 40 Days for Life and Shawn Carney, the organization’s president, extends “enthusiastic cooperation and assistance” to the prayerful pro-life movement.
Archbishop Paglia specifically cited the organization’s upcoming national campaign, the biggest in its history, which will kick off in 367 cities across all 50 states and 23 countries beginning September 28.
“Seeing that 40 Days for Life has been preaching the same Gospel since 2004 and that it’s prayer, fasting, witness and outreach have saved more than 12,000 lives and have brought reconciliation and healing to so many suffering mothers, fathers, and families, I am honored to endorse your efforts,” the letter states.
The endorsement could not have come at a better time.
“This is a crucial moment in history, for America and the entire world, and our team and board have stepped out in faith, to sacrifice more time, effort — and money — than ever before,” writes Shawn Carney on the 40 Days for Life website. “Part of this commitment is our aggressive plan to visit 125+ cities across all 50 US states in just 40 days during the UNITED bus tour.”
The movement will begin on Tuesday, September 27, with a special 60 minute program to be held on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and feature speakers such as Jor-El Godsey, President, Heartbeat International, Georgette Forney, Co-Founder, Silent No More Awareness, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST.
As Archbishop Paglia wrote, “ . . . [T]ogether let us pray that the day will soon come when none of us will ever again see the beauty of a child’s life cut short by abortion.”
This will be the largest pro-life prayer campaign in the nation’s history, so if you haven’t signed up to participate in your area, there’s still time to do so!
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