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National Day of Prayer for Life - Knock 2013
A day of prayer exploring the theme "Choose Life: We Cherish them Both" will be held at Knock Shrine on Saturday 04 May 2013.
The decision by the present Irish Government to legislate for abortion means that Irish law will permit the direct and intentional killing of innocent unborn babies. Doctors in Ireland have confirmed that mothers already receive any life-saving treatments they need during pregnancy – and that this is achieved without directly targeting the life of the baby.
The "Choose Life: We Cherish them Both", Vigil of Prayer for the Right to Life of Mothers and their Unborn Babies, is an opportunity for all people of faith and goodwill to join in prayer for mothers and unborn babies, that they will continue to be protected, cherished, and safeguarded from all harm.
Details are available on the ChooseLife2013 website. A workshop on the theme of "Communicating the Church's CHOOSE LIFE message in the context of the Irish Government's decision to legislate for the X-case" is also being organised on the morning of 04 May for priests, church communications personnel and other who wish to attend.
In August 2005, speaking at Mass in honour of Saint Raymond Nonnatus, (Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers in Argentina), Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio encouraged his congregation with these words:
“Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing. So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it!”
During his Mass to mark the Inauguration of his Petrine ministry on 19 March 2013, Pope Francis explored the call of all citizens of the world to protect creation and every created being:
"The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!" (full text available here)