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Catholic bishops call for prayer, penance to mark Roe v. Wade

Published January 17, 2013 3:12 pm

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U.S. Catholic bishops are asking their members to join "Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage" as a way to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the church-opposed Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

The purpose of these nine days, the bishops said in a news release, is "healing and conversion for elected officials who support abortion and for all people whose lives have been forever changed by an abortion."

"The bishops recognize that prayer is the foundation of all our efforts on behalf of human life," Tom Grenchik, executive director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said in the release. "These nine days of focused prayer and sacrifice are a great opportunity for people across the nation to unite their voices in prayer to God. Through this prayer campaign, I hope that many will be blessed with a new spirit of faith and encouragement in their pro-life efforts."

The days begin Jan. 19, run through Jan. 27, and include the National Prayer Vigil for Life on Jan. 24-25 and the Rally and March for Life on Jan. 25. Both events will be held in Washington, D.C.

Peggy Fletcher Stack