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40 Days for Life Vigil Begins in Chapel Hill

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The semi-annual 40 Days for Life vigil in the Triangle began Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Planned Parenthood, 1765 Dobbins Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. On Thursday, February 23, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge joined more than 100 witnesses at the Vigil at 8:00 a.m. for the recitation of the Rosary. Those in attendance included Msgr. John Wall and members of his Catholic Newman Center Parish at UNC-Chapel Hill; Fr. Scott McCue, Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill; and Mrs. Jacqueline Bonk, Director of the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life.

The 40 Days for Life event is an international ecumenical effort, whose members and partners participate in peaceful witness outside abortion clinics. The vigil, which will take place for twelve hours each day, is focused on prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach.

“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. It was wonderful to witness so many Catholic faithful here today, especially so many young people, praying the Rosary for an end to abortion and the healing of those who have participated in abortion.”

All the faithful are encouraged to participate in this Vigil, which will extend until April 1. For more information on the campaign go to http://www.40daysforlife.com/chapelhill/.

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge joining with approximately 100 students and adults reciting the Rosary at 40 Days for Life Vigil in Chapel Hill. (Click image to view larger.)

Above: Part of the group praying for Life at Chapel Hill Planned Parenthood facility. (Click image to view larger.)

Above: Woman in prayer with sign providing phone numbers for pregnancy support services in the Triangle. (Click image to view larger.)