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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!
Our videos of the Walk for Life West Coast 2015 speakers are up on our ‘Media Center’ page. Check them out!
Here’s Becky Buell (with a special guest!) and EWTN’s Jim and Joy Pinto:
We love hearing these stories–if you have something you’d like to share from your experience at the Walk for Life West Coast send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the first one:
You have to know what happened at the Walk for Life West Coast today. And I have to tell you. Because I was the only person where it happened who can tell you.
At the end of the walk, a group of abortion supporters stood on Embarcadero Street. They held up three 10-foot signs facing the pro-life supporters walking down Market Street toward them. I wanted pictures of the pro-life crowd. The 10-foot signs blocked my view. I had to move in front of the signs for a moment to get my shots. I was close enough to the abortion supporters to hear them talking. After taking my pictures, I lowered my camera. I was only there about a minute. It was just long enough to witness what happened. I moved away from the 10-foot sign-holders. 50,000 pro-life supporters walked toward them. I heard the unmistakable sound of discouragement in their voices.
What happened was that they said, “Let’s go,” “Yeah,” they took down their signs, and walked away.
And here is the second one, a wonderful story about a young mother and her boyfriend who met a sidewalk counselor outside of San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood. The counselor spoke with her, and a second counselor (who shared the story) spoke with her over the phone, sharing the message of hope and life:
The counselor put me on the phone and I spoke to (the young woman) at great length….I asked her to come to the Walk to show her the pro-life community that loves and supports mothers like her and their unborn babies. They came.
They heard the speakers and had a chance to meet pro-life people that surrounded both her and her boyfriend with love, offering their support. Tears were streaming down her face because she was so moved. (The) counselor was with us, too. They left feeling very uplifted. If the crowd only knew that their presence made such a difference in the decision of this young mother in crisis– that just such a mother they were fighting for was one among them.
Thank you once again for featuring the (RU486) reversal though Becky and Dr Delgado. Becky’s testimony was delivered with so much joy, she and Zechariah (who waved to the crowd) captured the hearts of everyone there.
Congratulations! A light shined brightly in SF yesterday.