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Yesterday, Aleteia.org had an article featuring a wonderful lady who will be one of our speakers at the January 23, 2016 Walk for Life West Coast, Obianuju Ekeocha, the director of Culture of Life Africa. We can’t wait to welcome her! At left is a picture of Obianuju with a past speaker at the Walk, Gianna Jensen. The picture us from the 2015 March For Life UK.
There is a nice video at the Aleteia link, which unfortunately we cannot embed in this post. The great Cardinal Peter Turkson was at the event as well!
Pro-Life Event in Ghana’s Capitol Spills Out Onto The Streets of Accra
A pro-life event in the center of Ghana’s capital Saturday reassured an African activist that “Africa is pro-life territory.”
Obianuju Ekeocha, director of Culture of Life Africa, said that hundreds of people took part in a March for Life, singing and dancing and sharing “the Gospel of Life” with passersby. She said many people on the sidelines of the three-mile march cheered on the protestors.
The march, which went through the main market in Accra, was “beautiful and lyrical,” Ekeocha said. “I have said it a thousand times… Africa is indeed pro-life territory.”
The march was part of a series of pro-life event that the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference held for the first time in Accra. Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was one of several speakers at the conference, which was held in Accra’s Holy Spirit Cathedral.
Ekeocha urged participants to work towards ejecting international pro-choice agencies from Ghana, where they are promoting condom use and abortion in some hospitals, schools and villages and seeking to normalize homosexual relations.
The Nigerian-born Ekeocha, who is now based in the UK, reflected last week on writing an open letter to Melinda Gates three years ago. In that letter, Ekeocha said that Gates, the wife of billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, planned to collect pledges for $4.6 billion in order to ensure that African women were less fertile, less encumbered and more “liberated.”
“I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery,” Ekeocha wrote at the time. “I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children.”
“But Melinda Gates did not rethink her project,” Ekeocha said last week.
On May 28 a new billboard went up in San Francisco, just one block from the Planned Parenthood Abortion business:
The billboard publicizes the wonderful new abortion reversal protocol, which can reverse the effects of RU-486, if taken quickly. The billboard has received wide publicity, being covered in California Catholic Daily, Life News, pro-life heroine Jill Stanek’s blog, etc. The creation of the billboard is a great story. From California Catholic Daily:
“The billboard, the brainchild of Walk for Life West Coast co-chairs Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean, was conceived during this year’s Lenten 40 Days For Life.
As the two women were praying together in front of the Planned Parenthood, they saw an advertising billboard a block away, and… ‘It just came to us,’said Muntean. ‘We had of course been aware of the RU486 reversal pill, and had discussed how to make this better known. In fact, one of the speakers at the January 2015 Walk was Becky Buell. She had gotten pregnant, and taken RU-486. But she quickly changed her mind and got the abortion reversal pill. When she spoke at the Walk she brought her little boy Zechariah, a survivor of RU486, with her. He’s adorable!’
Meehan added ‘Yep. We saw that billboard and it just came to us: this is perfect. This is it! It’s our chance to extend to all women the right to choose to change their minds, to choose life.’
The Walk has committed to paying for the billboard from May-June 2015, then for a period of two years beginning in October 2015. Needless to say, it is expensive, and we are asking YOU to help us with this life saving (100 babies already!) project. You can help by visiting our “Donate” page. Please indicate “Billboard” on the notation field of your check or in your credit card donation.
For more information about the abortion reversal pill, or to find out where to receive the treatment, call 877-558-0333, or visit www.abortionpillreversal.com
Walk co-chair and co-founder Eva Muntean was on Barbara McGuigan’s “The Good Fight” last Saturday, defending San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s shocking (!) effort to ensure fidelity to the Catholic Faith in the High Schools under his jurisdiction. She did a great job of explaining the situation and identifying the opposition.
Eva was joined by Phillip Carrion, from Archbishop Riordan High School, and Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, editor of Ignatius Press and the Chaplain of the Walk for Life West Coast.
You can listen here. Select the program for May 11 “Saint Edmund Campion, The Martyr.” Fitting! Eva’s section begins at about 14:25 into the show.
And don’t forget to join Catholic from all over the Archdiocese and the Bay Area this Saturday at the Archbishop Family Support Picnic! The picnic begins at 11:30AM at Sue Bierman Plaza. Full details are at SFCatholics.org
LifeNews has the story:
On Mother’s Day, 40,000 people gathered in Rome for the fifth annual March for Life. Unfortunately, in Italy abortion is legal through the third month of pregnancy and now they have one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. In fact, as LifeNews previously reported, Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzin said that Italy is a “dying country” because of their record low birth rate.Since 1981, Italy’s birth rate has fallen to 8.4 per 1,000 people. Lorenzin explained, “We are at the threshold where people who die are not being replaced by newborns. That means we are a dying country. This situation has enormous implications for every sector: the economy, society, health, pensions, just to give a few examples.”
The theme of the march was “For Life, No Compromise” and Pope Francis spoke to those who attended the event. He said, “It is important to collaborate together to promote and defend life.” In January, Pope Francis called Christians in Italy to “a renewed esteem of the human person and a more adequate care of life, from conception to natural death.”
Wow! Bless their hearts!
On March 21 500,000 Peruvians took to the streets of Lima in defense of the littlest among us:
And be sure to mark your calendars to join us for the 12 Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 23, 2016!
From Radio Vaticana:
Archbishop Auza: Face of pro-life movement “more youthful” Vatican Radio
The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations expressed his gratitude for the efforts of young people to promote human life and dignity, noting that the face of the pro-life movement is becoming “more and more youthful.”
Archbishop Bernardito Auza was speaking last week at an event honoring Lila Rose, a pro-life activist who gained fame for exposing the illicit practices of the abortion industry.
‘I would like to thank Lila Rose for all her work in the defense of the unborn and for the enthusiasm with which she transmits and shares to so many young people the unconditional love for life in all in phases,” said Archbishop Auza….
Here in the United States and across the world, the face of the pro-life movement is becoming more and more youthful. The annual March for Life in Washington demonstrates an ever greater awareness among the young for the precious gift of life. We also see so many young faces in prayer services, prayer rallies and other forms of public witness. We behold them volunteering to care for pregnant mothers in need and for the sick and elderly. A great number of youth regularly cross the road and travel the world to help lift up the poor and needy, to share knowledge and express solidarity. They stand up against what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway culture.’ This evening, you represent all these courageous young people.
They are signs of a springtime of respect for the human person that fills society with hope. The courage they display in giving this selfless service and witness encourages us all. And there’s a great need for this courage because forming a culture that gives every human being the respect, welcome and love each person deserves will never be quick or easy. It requires perseverance. It needs the grit to continue to stand up for those who have no standing, even when the temptation toward discouragement can set in and the headwinds are very strong…'”
Thank you, Excellency, and thank YOU Lila, for all you do!
One of my favorite Walk for Life West Coast videos from this year, for sure.
The Thomas Aquinas Youth Group is not the same group as our friends from Thomas Aquinas College, but is a youth group from a St. Thomas Aquinas and surrounding parishes in Palo Alto, joined by the St. Margaret Mary Youth Group from Oakland. The video was put together by Joey Zarate, one of the adults who helps the youth. Beautiful job, Joey!
Our brothers and sisters over at EWTN have prepared a video with highlighrts of the Walk for Life West Coast. It includes footage from some of the associated prayer events and conferences, Of course, being EWTN, it is beautifully produced. Check it out!
Here are the fine young men from St. Patrick’s Seminary out supporting the littlest among us at the Walk for Life West Coast!
And we should support them!
Go to the Seminary’s webpage and select the “donate” button on the top menu bar.
Great panoramic view of the Walk for Life West Coast Rally from our friends at TAPhotographic. Check it out here.
Here’s a screenshot from the panorama as the camera rotated, capturing the full rally. Wow! And how many more of you were over on Market Street, on Grove and McAllister Streets and waiting for us at the Plaza! Thanks TAP, and thanks to all who came!