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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Diocese of Raleigh Mass for Life

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January 22 will mark the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. Each year since that day, pro-life supporters have marked the controversial decision with prayer and peaceful rallies. On Saturday, January 16, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated that annual Diocese of Raleigh Mass for Life at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh.

Bishop Burbidge spoke about “something” that exists deep inside each of us, “that desires to embrace life and help those in need.” Asking what is that “something,” the Bishop explained it is the knowledge that “Every human life is sacred, because the Son of God, the Son of Mary embraced human life.”

Pointing to Herod’s decree to kill the innocent children, Bishop Burbidge noted the tragic examples that exist in our society where life is not being protected, citing abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, the death penalty and harsh treatment of immigrants. He said, in addition to prayer, “We also have to seek new ways to approach those who oppose our position,” urging the faithful to be instruments of God’s love and forgiveness in word and deed.

Bishop Burbidge and many in attendance at Mass took part, later in the day, in the North Carolina Rally and March for Life.  (Video story on the Rally with comments from Catholic attendees will be posted January 19.)


Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrating the annual Diocese of Raleigh Mass for Life at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh.

Below: Participants in the North Carolina Rally and March for Life marching past State Legislative Building in Raleigh on January 16.