As part of the 2014-15 Respect Life Program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a period of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage, January 17-25, will mark the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973, U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. The theme this year is “Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation,” which is adapted from the words of Pope Francis’ 2013 Day for Life greeting. In addition to the prayer intentions, each day of the program raises awareness on issues such as domestic violence, post-abortion healing, pornography addiction, end-of-life matters, infertility, adoption needs, and for an end to abortion and use of the death penalty. The Novena coincides with the March for Life 2015, which will occur on January 22 at the National Mall.
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