Thanks, Excellency!

From Radio Vaticana:

Archbishop Auza: Face of pro-life movement “more youthful” Vatican Radio

Lila Rose speaking at the 2010 Walk for Life West Coast.

Lila Rose speaking at the 2010 Walk for Life West Coast.

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!