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Archbishop calls ‘9 Days for Life’ a ‘powerful prayer initiative’

The novena ‘9 Days for Life’ is a “powerful prayer initiative” for the end to abortion and for “the respect of all human life,” said the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

The novena and related observances sponsored by the bishops’ pro-life secretariat lead up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on 22nd January, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that legalised abortion.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, the committee chairman, said in a statement that more than 118,000 people had already signed up to pray this novena, which began on 14th January, and he invited more to join at www.9daysforlife.com.

“Together, we will seek the Lord’s help in building a culture of life, where the most vulnerable are respected – starting in the womb,” he said.

The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. Each day of the ‘9 Days for Life’ novena highlights a different intention and is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions and related information.

Picture: Pro-life advocates gather near the US Supreme Court in Washington on 19th January 2018. The novena ‘9 Days for Life’ and related observances sponsored by the bishops’ pro-life secretariat lead up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on 22nd January, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that legalised abortion. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).