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Nearly 1,000 gather in Raleigh to support life with rally, Mass and march


Approximately 1,000 people gathered in downtown Raleigh Saturday, Jan. 21, to show their support for life at three events.

Hundreds of teens gathered on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall that morning for the 7th Annual Love My Life Rally, which was organized by the Diocese of Raleigh’s Office of Human Life and Dignity.

Singer-songwriter Ben Walther, who co-wrote songs with Matt Maher and Robbie Seay and whose album “Make Your Home in Me” debuted at #12 on the iTunes Christian charts, performed.

Paul J. Kim, who has appeared on EWTN and whose videos have garnered more than a million views on You Tube, presented the keynote address. He spoke to teens about issues relevant to them. He shared personal experiences and performed beatboxing—which is the art of imitating hip-hop type sounds using one’s voice.

“He put inspiration and comedy together … it was a good combination,” Sandra Macias, a teen from St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lumberton, said.

After the rally, attendees were treated to a complimentary lunch provided by the Knights of Columbus. They also participated in a service project for Catholic Charities.

Ben Lagasse, 14, said he attended LML to have fun with his friends and “have a voice” in the conversation about life. “I liked the speaker … and how we all stood and were singing together,” Ben, who lives in Hubert and belongs to St. Mildred Parish, said. “And I am marching to show others that there is a community that supports pro-life.”

Monsignor Michael Shugrue, diocesan administrator, celebrated a bilingual Mass. Six priests and two deacons from parishes throughout the diocese joined him. 

After Mass, participants joined the annual March for Life sponsored by North Carolina Right to Life.