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

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."

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"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



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