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'Love and be loved,' thousands of youth hear at Mass before March for Life
Students from Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Md., laugh together during a pro-life youth rally and Mass at Capital One Arena in Washington Jan. 19 before the annual March for Life. CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard

Students from Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Md., laugh together during a pro-life youth rally and Mass at Capital One Arena in Washington Jan. 19 before the annual March for Life. CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard

WASHINGTON – The Capital One Arena in Washington, which typically hosts professional basketball and hockey games and sold-out concerts, was filled with thousands of youth from around the country who gathered there Jan. 19 to stand up for life.

The Archdiocese of Washington's annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life preceded the 45th annual March for Life marking the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

OUR DIOCESE TODAY: Mass for Life in Trenton to be livestreamed; Questions about the flu
On Monday, Jan. 22, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will celebrate the second of two diocesan Masses for Life to mark the tragic 45th anniversary of legal abortion in the United States. More ...
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Diocese's faithful march for life, share personal stories

In previous years, participants in the annual March for Life showcased their tenacious commitment to the pro-life cause by steadfastly bracing wind, sleet and snow on behalf of the unborn. 

This year in Washington, temperatures in the high 40s helped marchers feel a little less frigid – but no less determined. 

“I have the opportunity to see so many students grow in their faith and stand up for what they believe,” said Deborah Flego, moderator of Red Bank Catholic High School’s Respect Life club, Caseys4Life.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
NJ congressman, Hamilton parishioner Chris Smith addresses March for Life

Among the speakers at the Jan. 19 March for Life rally was Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. and a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square.

Following is his address to the hundreds of thousands who descended on the nation’s capital to demonstrate for the Respect Life movement:

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Every child 'a precious gift from God,' Trump tells pro-life rally

WASHINGTON – In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration "will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life."

He invoked the theme of this year's march, "Love Saves Lives," and praised the crowd as being very special and "such great citizens gathered in our nation's capital from many places for one beautiful cause" – celebrating and cherishing life.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
President Trump to address March for Life crowd live via satellite
WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at her daily press briefing Jan. 17 that President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
One eve of March for Life, Bishop gathers diocesan family in prayer for life
On Jan. 18, hours before more than 1,000 representatives from the Diocese’s parishes and schools were due to depart for Washington and the annual March for Life, scores of faithful gathered with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, to bid them Godspeed. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
March for Life events in Freehold, Trenton, Washington promote pro-life stance
Faithful of the Diocese of Trenton will have numerous opportunities to be part of the 45th annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life demonstration, through Masses and other events being held within the Diocese as well as the march Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C.

Under the theme “Love Saves Lives,” more than 100,000 are expected to descend on the nation’s capital for the noon march. Closer to home, faithful in the Diocese of Trenton may show their love for life in all its forms at events slated for Jan. 18 and Jan. 22.
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Thursday, January 4, 2018
A list of local parishes, KOC Councils sending buses to March for Life
Pilgrims from across the Diocese of Trenton will participate Jan. 19 in the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., departing on buses from various locations. The following parishes and Knights of Columbus Councils are chartering buses to the March for Life. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Catholic youth from across the Diocese look forward to March for Life
Among the tens of thousands heading to the nation’s capital for the 45th annual March for Life will be high school students from the Diocese of Trenton on a mission – to give witness to the dignity of human life from conception until natural death. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Plenary indulgence offered for those taking part in March for Life celebrations
In a letter sent to all U.S. bishops Dec. 20, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington announced on behalf of the Holy See that a plenary indulgence can be obtained under certain conditions and with specific intentions by the Christian faithful who are taking part in the “sacred celebrations, along with the great assembly of people, throughout the whole course of the annual event that is called ‘March for Life’”... More ...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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