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Respect Life Month encourages witness to Gospel of Christ

Building a culture of life requires a Christian to go out into the world and witness to the Gospel of Christ, especially in the midst of what St. John Paul II called “a culture of death.”

To support and educate Catholics in the work of this mission, the Respect Life program was initiated in 1972, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This year’s respect life theme, “Be Not Afraid,” speaks to the need of Catholics to share their conviction, even when challenging or difficult, that every human life has inherent dignity because each person is made in the image of God.

New materials for the Respect Life program are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of the human person, and include resources for parishes, schools, faith-based organizations and individual use.

Among these resources is a series of articles on life issues, including: How to Build a Culture of Life, Top Reasons for Opposing Assisted Suicide, Understanding Conscience, Death Penalty: Catholic Q & A, Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing, What to Do When a Friend is Considering an Abortion.

To read these articles go to and click on News>Respect Life.

For more information on the USCCB Respect Life program, or to order materials, go to

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