Youth Mass at Verizon Center expanded to the Washington D.C. Armory. 27,000 attended.

The Youth Rally and Mass for Life, hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington, marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Annual events tend to focus on mobilizing the young, and Catholic high schools, youth groups and colleges were out in force Monday in Washington.

For the first time, a morning Mass at Verizon Center was expanded to the D.C. Armory, where a parallel event was held. More than 27,000 young people attended the events, which began after dawn and included readings by youths in hooded sweatshirts and jeans, contemporary praise music and dozens of priests hearing confessions in the sports arena’s dining area.

The Rev. Mark Ivany of the Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, who delivered the homily at Verizon Center, compared attendees to activists from previous eras who fought against slavery and for women’s right to vote.

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Pro-life youth rally scheduled right after the DC March for Life

News Release

Just a quick note to let you know about the first pro-life youth rally for the March for Life in DC. It takes place immediately following the march just down the street (towards Union Station).

This FREE rally features Barlow Girl and national leaders like Eduardo Verastegui, actor and star of the award-winning movie, Bella; Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King; Abby Johnson, former Director of Planned Parenthood; David Bereit, 40 Days for Life; Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America; Erik Whittington, Rock For Life; Lila Rose, Live Action, and Joe Langfeld, Deputy Director of Human Life Alliance.

Any pro-lifer can register for this FREE event. The National Pro-Life Youth Rally will take place after the annual pro-life March in Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 24, 2011. Shows will be from 2:00 to 3:20pm and 3:30 to 5:00pm.

Please note, space will be limited at the Rally. If you aren’t pre-registered, plan to get there early.

Free Action Kits stuffed with pro-life literature, music download cards, and action materials will be provided at the Rally to the first 5,000 participants.

Looking forward to seeing you in DC—God Bless!


Joe Langfeld
Deputy Director

Human Life Alliance
2855 Anthony Lane S, B7
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Submitted by John C.