Jan 23, 2014 / 02:35 pm
Continuing a decades-long trend, college students and young people from across the nation maintained a strong presence on Jan. 22 at the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
“It is a privilege to be in the nation’s capital and host young pilgrims from all over the country for the annual March for Life. Our University community takes great pride in providing housing and meals for our many friends,” said The Catholic University of America chaplain Fr. Jude DeAngelo.
Each year, the school – located in northeast D.C. – hosts droves of college students who have come from all over the country to take part in the March for Life.
Held each year on or near Jan. 22, the march marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that resulted in legal abortion throughout the U.S. Since that time, some 55 million unborn babies have become victims of abortion.
The D.C. March for Life typically draws huge numbers of participants – primarily young people – from across the country. Last year, organizers estimated an attendance of around 650,000 people.
College students from both religious and secular schools are generally a large component of marchers. This year, more than 1,200 students camped out overnight in the athletic center at The Catholic University of America, and 500 university students participated in the march under the school’s banner.
Students from Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kan., led the march this year, carrying the official March for Life banner. According to the school’s blog, The Gregorian, one quarter of the student population traveled over 1,000 miles by bus to take part. …
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