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Pro-Life Activities Mark Start of 2009

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In Washington, DC

January 22 marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States. On that day, tens of thousands of people from throughout the country will gather in Washington, D.C. for the Annual March for Life that will process past Capitol Hill to the steps of the Supreme Court. Participating in the march will be Catholics from the Diocese of Raleigh, led by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge.

The march will follow an 11:30 AM Mass, which Bishop Burbidge will celebrate at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte will concelebrate and serve as homilist. The Mass has become an annual event on the day of the march.

In the Diocese

In North Carolina, the annual Rally and March for Life will take place Saturday at Nash Square in Raleigh on January 17 at 1:00 PM, with Bishop Burbidge participating. Earlier that day, the Bishop will celebrate a Mass for Life at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 8:00 AM. The church is located at 2817 Poole Road in Raleigh.

FOCA Action

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is concerned that the new Congress will pass and send to the new President the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which if approved in its most recent version, would overturn laws created since 1973 that regulate or limit abortion on demand. In a letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh, dated January 4, Bishop Burbidge announced the Diocese would join with other dioceses in a national postcard campaign against FOCA. The campaign will take place this month.

Above: 2008 March for Life in Washington, D.C. with participants passing in front of Capital on the way to Supreme Court.

Below: Participants in 2008 Rally and March for Life in Raleigh.