WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates from all over the United States will come to the nation’s capital this week for the 47th annual National March for Life and related events. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, will play a visible role.
Not only will Archbishop Broglio lead a delegation of U.S. Army cadets and others from the Archdiocese for the Military Services in the Friday afternoon march along the National Mall, he will also serve as the principal celebrant and homilist in the closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue in Northeast Washington. The vigil begins with confessions at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday and continues throughout the day and overnight with prayers, devotions, Holy Hours, and Adoration, concluding on Friday with the 7:30 a.m. Closing Mass where Archbishop Broglio will preach.
The National March for Life is held every year on or around the date of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Jan. 22, 1973, in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion. Archbishop Broglio said, “Everyone from conception to the moment of natural death has inalienable rights and we rejoice in the privilege of affirming those rights on the anniversary of a regrettable decision of the Supreme Court. May the March for Life reaffirm our commitment to serve the truth, to respect everyone, to speak civilly, and to unite in prayer.”
The theme of this year’s National March for Life is, “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” For more information on the National March for Life, go here. Similar pro-life demonstrations are scheduled throughout the country. For a full schedule of local events, go here.