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PopeWatch: March for Life

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If the Pope were here in the US, PopeWatch assumes he would be participating in the March for Life.  How can PopeWatch be certain of that?  Based upon this incident from last May:

Pope Francis surprised about 40,000 Italian and international participants in today’s Marcia per la Vita (March for Life) Internazionale in Rome this morning, when he left the Apostolic Palace to greet them personally from his popemobile in the street where they were lined up.

Monsignore Ignacio Barreiro, the head of the Rome office of Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews.com that for the pope to have effectively joined the March for Life was highly unusual.

Since his election, the pope has gained a reputation for making spontaneous gestures that have sometimes taxed his security staff, beginning with taking the bus back to his temporary residence with the other cardinals the night of his election, instead of the car reserved for the pope.

In this case, however, the Vatican appeared to have prepared the event ahead of time. Monsignore Barreiro noted they had prepared crowd control barriers to guide the popemobile out of St. Peter’s square and across the adjacent piazza and down the wide Via della Conciliazione that leads up the Basilica.

But if organizers knew about a planned appearance by the pope at the march, they made no mention of it before the event, leaving participants delighted by the unexpected arrival of the pontiff.   
“The March for Life brought 40 thousand people to Rome today,” organizers announced after the event. “The Pope greeted the march at the Regina Coeli and then met the parade on the Popemobile in the Via Concilazione.”

Go here to read the rest.  When it comes to abortion, Pope Francis is just as much an ardent champion of life as any of his predecessors.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. This morning, the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception included a treasure in the form of the sermon. It spoke of the strength in the relationships between evil and tolerance and between good and hope. The Gospel was the account of Jesus’ healing of the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath in the temple leading the Pharisees to condemn Him. Familiar developments in 2014’s world, particularly today in certain political and media circles.
    Pope Francis’ Papal Nuncio to the US was the celebrant, so, yes I agree with PopeWatch’s assumption.
    The inspired sermon must be somewhere online. It was written by Archbishop Chaput and delivered by Monsignor Rossi at the Mass.

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