Thousands expected for March for Life events at National Shrine

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2010 / 03:14 pm (CNA).- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception expects more than 10,000 people to attend its liturgies, prayer services, rosaries, Holy Hours and confessions for Catholics participating in the upcoming March for Life. Events will take place Jan. 20-22, a press release from the National Shrine reports.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston will be principal celebrant and homilist for the Vigil Mass for Life. The cardinal is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

Following the Mass, from 10 p.m. to midnight there will be confessions, the National Rosary for Life and Night Prayer.

Holy Hours for Life will continue as part of the National Prayer Vigil from midnight to 6 a.m. The Closing Mass of the vigil will take place at 7:30 a.m. Its principal celebrant and homilist will be Archbishop for Military Services Timothy P. Broglio.

Both Masses will be broadcast live on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

The National Shrine and the Catholic University of America will house overnight participants in the March for Life who come from across the United States.

The March for Life commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that ordered abortion to be legalized across the United States.

According to the National Shrine, participants “demonstrate their belief in the sanctity of human life in all its stages from conception to natural death.”

The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception’s website is http://www.nationalshrine.com.

Cardinal DiNardo Rebukes Critics on Health Care Involvement

All throughout 2009 many bishops have entered the national debate in regards to defending fundamental moral values and rectifying misinformation from wayward Catholics in political life.  This year seems to be the year the bishops found their voice.  Not since Francis Cardinal Spellman graced the New York Archdiocese have we seen the faithful being led with strong ecclesial leadership from all parts of the country.

Addressing the criticism directed at religious leaders speaking up on these important issues Cardinal DiNardo said,

“Whatever the polls say, that would not determine going into the public square on those issues,”

“For us, the role of the human person, it’s a religious and a moral and ethical principle.”

“We believe legislation that violates this moral principle is not true health care reform and must be amended to reflect it. If that fails, the current legislation should be opposed,”

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National Catholic Youth Conference and Eucharistic procession: 22,000 boldly witness and worship in Kansas City

(Photo by Joe Cory, Catholic Key)

Cardinal DiNardo gave the keynote at today’s session of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City, while Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann led Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at Sprint Center. Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn then led 22,000 High School students through his See City from Sprint Center to the Kansas City Convention Center. At some point, I should probably explain why there is an Archbishop of Kansas City who isn’t the Bishop of Kansas City.

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Catholic Cardinal Asks Supreme Court to Reject Abortion During Red Mass

Red Mass - J. Roberts

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Top government officials were exposed to a call from a Catholic cardinal to reject abortions and uphold the sanctity of life during the Red Mass on Sunday. The mass is a traditional event that takes place before the Supreme Court starts the first day of its next term, which takes place the first Monday in October.

Six Supreme Court justices, Vice President Joe Biden, and two members of pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s administration were present for the event.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston, Texas gave a homily and presented the pro-life message to the top officials. He calls on attorneys to be a voice for all clients, including those who have not been born.

“They are poor and wealthy, confused and lucid, polite and impolited,” he said. “In some cases, the clients are voiceless, for they lack influence; in others they are literally voiceless, not yet with tongues and even without names, and require our most careful attention and radical support.”

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