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Bishop Burbidge Participates in 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil

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On September 30, about 30 pro-life advocates gathered for the Fall Vigil of the national pro-life campaign, 40 Days for Life, outside “A Woman’s Choice” clinic in Raleigh. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, and Mrs. Jacqueline Bonk, Director of the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life, gathered with the faithful to pray the Rosary. Among those participating was a group of students from Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School in Raleigh.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach. The peaceful, prayer vigil campaign takes place each spring and fall.

“Besides using and trusting in the power of prayer to help change hearts,” Mrs. Bonk said, “the vigil raises local awareness that these clinics are in the business of performing abortions, which is not only the killing of the innocent and most vulnerable, but also an injustice to women and all humanity.

 “It was wonderful to witness so many Catholic faithful here today, praying  for an end to abortion and the healing of those who have participated in abortion ;  prayer is the foundation on which we will build the Culture of Life.”

From September 28-November 6th participants will meet at the clinic for 40 days praying that, with God’s help, their efforts will end abortion. For more information on the campaign go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/raleigh/.

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