Jan 28, 2013 / 06:03 pm
An estimated 50,000 pro-life advocates rallied and marched against abortion in San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast Jan. 26, drawing greetings and praise from Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S., read a special message from the Pope, who called the event an “outstanding public witness to the fundamental right to life.”
Pope Benedict said the walk witnessed to the “moral imperative of upholding the inviolable dignity of each member of our human family, especially the smallest and most defenseless of our brothers and sisters.”
The pontiff also sent his “warm greetings” and assured participants of “his closeness in prayer.”
Eva Muntean, Walk for Life West Coast co-chair, told CNA Jan. 28 that it was “amazing” to see so many rally attendees become silent to hear the message from the Pope.
“You could hear a pin drop,” she said. “It was so quiet. Everybody was paying attention. That was very special for us.”
The crowd filled Civic Center Plaza and rallied in front of San Francisco City Hall before marching two miles through San Francisco’s shopping and financial districts to the Ferry Building. …
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