Johanna Dasteel at LifeSiteNews has a second more extensive article about the Walk for Life West Coast.
Some excerpts, but read the whole thing:
Pope Francis’ representative: West Coast walk for Life a ‘prophetic’ witness for the unborn
SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A media blackout could not not stop theWalk for Life West Coast from attracting the largest crowds that the San Francisco event has yet to see. The march featured the testimony of post-abortive women who regret their abortion, secular pro-life activists convinced by science that abortion is murder, mothers extolling the virtues of adoption – and a message conveying the blessing of Pope Francis himself.
During the rally, it was announced that the “End the Media Blackout” social media effort was a success. #WalkForLife was ranking number two on Twitter, but the social media site shut down their account. So a new hashtag would be used: #WFL.
Pope Francis extends his blessing
Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone read a letter from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò who attended the Walk for Life last year. In the letter, Archbishop Viganò personally conveyed to “the many thousands of participants, both young and old, the affectionate greetings and spiritual closeness of His Holiness Pope Francis.”
“Indeed the Holy Father is most grateful to you for your readiness to show your solidarity with the most innocent and vulnerable members of our human family,” he added. “You give prophetic expression to our deepest convictions about the inviolable dignity and rights of each human person, beginning with the right to life.”
Archbishop Viganò went on to quote the pope’s most recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium: “For as Pope Francis has insisted, ‘Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights which would always be subject to the passing winds of the powers that be.’”