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Thousands Prepare for Pro-Life Pilgrimage to Nation’s Capital

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Thousands of Catholics from North Carolina are making final preparations to attend the North Carolina Mass for Life, Monday, January 23, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The annual Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 11:30 a.m. Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte will be the Principal Celebrant. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be Principal Concelebrant and Homilist.

As of January 18, 32 buses have been contracted by Diocese of Raleigh parishes and schools throughout the Diocese to begin the trip early Monday morning. Hundreds of other Catholics from the Diocese will make the trip by car, some leaving as early as Sunday and others on Monday, to attend the Mass and also to take part in the Annual March for Life. The March serves to memorialize the anniversary of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Similar numbers of Catholics will be making the trip from the Diocese of Charlotte. Faithful from the two dioceses fill the Cathedral for the 11:30 a.m. Mass. They will then join with an estimated 300,000 pro-life advocates in the March down Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Those who will be attending the March, following the Mass, can join Bishop Burbidge for the March at the U.S. Navy Memorial Metro stop between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. The U.S. Navy Memorial is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 7th ST. NW and 9th St. NW behind the National Archives building.

Bishop Burbidge has asked those who are unable to make the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital to join in solidarity through prayer on this important witness for life.