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Bishop Burbidge Encourages Education, Witness, Faith in Respect Life Homily

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated October as Respect Life Month, a time to reflect on the sanctity of life and for Catholics to renew their commitment to work on behalf of all life issues.

Dioceses throughout the country mark the first Sunday of October as Respect Life Sunday. Each year, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge commemorates the day with the celebration of Mass in one of the Diocese’s 96 parishes and missions. This year, Bishop Burbidge celebrated the Respect Life Mass at Saint Ann Church in Fayetteville.

The Bishop noted three areas of concentration that Catholics should focus on in promoting a culture of life; education, witness and faith. He encouraged the faithful to become educated on the life issues of the day and addressed the current issue of health care reform. He noted the US bishops support health care reform that provides “accessible, affordable and quality health care for all people, especially the poor, the weak, the immigrant and the vulnerable.” But he strongly pointed out reform must not come at the expense of any threat to human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

“All that we see to do must be done in His name and with His strength,” Bishop Burbidge said. “Alone we can do nothing. With God all things are possible.”

The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities is providing a variety of resources for Respect Life Month, including a poster featuring this year’s theme, “Every Child Brings Us God’s Smile.” The material is available at www.usccb.org/prolife.