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Amid tensions over abortion, Catholics invited to pray the Rosary on Friday



Zelda Caldwell - published on 05/11/22

U.S. bishops are calling on the faithful to join in prayer on May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima

The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion indicating the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade was followed by demonstrations orchestrated by abortion advocates over Mother’s Day weekend.

Pro-abortion rights groups took to social media to organize the interruption of Catholic Masses, and the harassment of Supreme Court Justices at their homes, while several pro-life pregnancy centers were vandalized.

On Tuesday, two Catholic bishops invited Catholics to “witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love” by joining in fasting and prayer.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called on Catholics to fast and pray the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.

In a press release, the bishops wrote:

In the midst of current tensions, we invite Catholics around the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions: 

*For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government be dedicated to seeking the common good and protecting the dignity and rights of the human person, from conception to natural death.

*For the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.

*For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.

*For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished, andcared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.

*For Our Blessed Mother’s intercession and guidance as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life.

As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and with our peaceful prayers and our compassionate service to all those in need.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

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