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Abortion is the leading cause of death in the world … with an estimated 56 million happening every year.

The crisis is global … and so is the solution. Prayer.

From now until November 5, this 40 Days for Life campaign is taking place in 24 countries around the world …

… and even some of the local campaigns have an international flavor!

German campaigns have great support from the Croatian community, for instance. And there is strong involvement from Polish communities in Canada and also in Scotland, where a first-time leader is bringing fresh excitement to the campaign.

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Aberdeen, Scotland

We start today in Aberdeen … with a quick video from the local leader, Klaudiusz Mozelewski, recorded on the Scottish shoreline with a lighthouse in the background.

Klaudiusz brings a powerful message about the role fathers can play in 40 Days for Life, so check it out!

Click the image above to see the video … or go to:

https://40daysforlife.com/2017/09/30/day-4-24-countries/

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Taiwan

The first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in Taiwan is led by Angel, who works at a pregnancy care center.

“The weather here in Taiwan is seriously very hot,” she said, “but praise God! I believe more and more people are going to come!”

Angel is hoping the vigil eventually attracts more than 100 volunteers – and she has certainly done a lot of behind-the-scenes work in preparation for the campaign, translating much of the 40 Days for Life resource material – including the vigil calendar – into the local language.

Angel has high hopes that 40 Days for Life will continue to grow.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

“A new campaign has begun,” said one of the Cluj-Napoca team members. “Let us unite to praise God together!”

The volunteers are already thanking God for the many blessings received during the campaign – for those who came to watch … for those who joined the prayers … and especially those who brought warm food!

(And for international flavor, one sign seen at the vigil was in French!)

“Someone asked us how much we’re paid to get out in the street,” said one of the local leaders.

Well, obviously, no one is being paid to pray for an end to abortion!

However, the volunteer said they are at the vigil because they have two debts to pay: “One is to the Heavenly Father, as thanks for the gift of our lives. The second is to our younger brothers and sisters, who do not have a voice to defend themselves from injustice.”

And as always, it will help to have more volunteers for the remainder of the campaign. “See you tomorrow,” the Cluj-Napoca leader said, “same time, same place!”

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Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

— Luke 1:30-33

Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world.

See today’s full devotional

Can’t get out to the vigil during the week? Why not go this weekend! There are 375 sites around the world.

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Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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California Catholic Daily

Dear Reader,

Our lineup for today includes:


Catholic bishops weigh in on proposed bills: The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature

US House to vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will be voted on by the U.S. House on Oct. 3

 

Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria (image from Christian News Wire)

 

Meeting scheduled on sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria: Officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will meet on November 17 to study the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio


 

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Many of us have been touched in some way by the recent string of natural disasters – earthquakes in Mexico, hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

I live in Houston … and the water from Hurricane Harvey came within just a few feet of our home. Many of our neighbors and friends were not so fortunate. These powerful forces of nature are reminders of how precious – and fragile – human life can be.

But on the other hand, there’s a Texas abortion center operator, who, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, stepped forward to offer “free abortion care” to “women affected by the storm.”

She said, “it ‘s the right thing to do.” She went on to say that abortion is “essential to our ability to function in society with true equality.”

Sadly, this is the empty mentality required in the cold and sterile abortion industry. They survive on despair and make money from forcing their will on the most vulnerable in our society.

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Not long after Harvey hit, I went out to the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere — the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Houston. There, just after the hurricane, I saw hope.

The medical bus operated by the Houston Coalition for Life was parked outside Planned Parenthood, offering women ultrasounds and positive options — despite the organization ‘s office being flooded!

The Houston Coalition for Life sponsors 40 Days for Life in their community, showing that neither natural disasters nor an industry that offers free abortions can deter the love of life and love of God.

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Flint, Michigan

“Despite record-breaking 93 degree heat for our kickoff, the entire event was such a blessing,” said Tina in Flint. “God provided shade with the trees … and a steady wind kept us cool.”

A young woman named Kristen shared her story with those in attendance, telling how she had made an appointment for an abortion at Planned Parenthood seven years ago.

A Planned Parenthood worker told her there would be people “protesting” outside – but to ignore them. “Just knowing that people would be there made her change her mind and choose life for her daughter,” Tina said. Kristen ‘s daughter is now 6 years old.

“Being physically present here makes a big difference,” Kristen said.

“I just really want to impress upon you all that being here can … help people understand this is not just a split decision,” she said. “We are a community and that’s why we are here!”

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Subotica, Serbia

“In the early morning hours, we started our third 40 Days for Life campaign in Subotica, Serbia,” said one of the enthusiastic volunteers.

Those who assembled for the beginning of the vigil received a blessing and were encouraged to have a fruitful and happy campaign.

Along with the blessing, the local pastor invited the volunteers to deeper prayer and sacrifice on behalf of the unborn.

“If anyone wants to be a part of this initiative,” said one of the team members, “all they have to do is come and pray with us!”

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Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

—Matthew 6:25-26

Loving heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the faith, grace and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you.

See today’s full devotional

Find a 40 Days for Life location and join the vigil nearest you!

There are 375 from coast to coast in North America and around the world!

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Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

PS: Just a quick note — I will be on Moody Radio today at 1 pm Eastern / noon Central. Please listen if you have a chance!

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September 29, 2017

Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

 

Dear Family of Mary!

Today is the day that Denis and I begin our journey to Medjugorje!!  I am comforted that this is the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  May they accompany us and protect us as we travel.

Let’s pray to these powerful saints on their feast:


Prayer to St. Michael to Protect the Church and her Members

O Glorious St. Michael, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ, come to the assistance of this Church, against which the powers of hell are unchained, guard with especial care her august head, and obtain that for him and for us the hour of triumph may speedily arrive. O glorious Archangel St. Michael, watch over us during life, defend us against the assaults of the demon, assist us especially at the hour of death; obtain for us a favorable judgment, and the happiness of beholding God face to face for endless ages. Amen.

 

Prayer to St. Gabriel the Archangel

O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as you did announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through your prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

 

Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel

O glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great Prince of the heavenly court, illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of those who journey by land or sea, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners: I beg you to assist me in all my needs and in all the suffering of this life, as once you did help the young Tobias on his travels. And because you are the “Medicine of God,” I humbly pray to you to heal the many infirmities of my soul, and the ills which afflict my body, it if be for my greater good. I especially ask of you an angelic purity, which may fit me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

We will be continuing our usual schedule as much as possible while we in Medjugorje.  Hour of Mercy and the Daily Rosary will be at their usual times.  My reflections may be less regular, depending on our pilgrimage schedule.  I will try to give you updates as we go along.  But I also want to take time just for prayer.  So forgive me if I don’t keep up with the reflections on a daily basis. 

 

We will be praying for all of you and your intentions.  We are a part of each other, because we are all a part of Our Lady, as she told us once:

 

July 02, 2014

“Dear children…. I desire for all of you to be with me in eternity, because you are a part of me. I will help you on your way. My love will envelop you like a mantle and make of you apostles of my light – of God’s light…”

 

We are a part of Our Lady now, as we live her messages!! 
Thank you to each of you who have responded to Our Lady’s call. 
Together we can help Our Lady. 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

©Mary TV 2017


 
PS. Thank you to so many of you who have responded to our need! We are encouraged by your generous response!!  I will again include the link to our donation page, in case anyone is led to donate today!!  Thank you so much!! We are excited! 
 
Here is the link:
 
 

“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world.”
Saint John Paul II
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Indiana Will Appeal Ruling Overturning Ban on Abortions of Babies With Down Syndrome


LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report

Thursday, September 28, 2017

For pro-life news updated throughout the day, visit LifeNews.com.

Top Stories
• Ruth Bader Ginsburg: People Voted for Donald Trump Over Hillary Clinton Because They’re Sexist

• NFL Players Protest Racism, But What About the 270 Black Babies Planned Parenthood Kills Every Day?
• Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions Through All 9 Months of Pregnancy
. Judge Lets Abortion Clinics Deny Women Ultrasound of Their Baby Before Abortion

More Pro-Life News
• Cecile Richards: Pro-Lifers “Who Mischaracterize Planned Parenthood Have Never Had to Worry About Being Pregnant”
• MSNBC Host Claims Conservative Is Ignorant of the Constitution for Saying Rights Come from God

• Congressman: “Abortionists Decapitate, Dismember and Chemically Poison Babies to Death Every Day”
• Abortion Activist: We Need to “Normalize” Killing Babies in Abortions
• Alabama Democrat Senate Candidate Doug Jones: Rights for an Unborn Baby Don’t Begin Until Birth
• Congressional Resolution Slams Assisted Suicide: “It Puts the Most Vulnerable of Our Society at Risk”
• She Had an Abortion to Save Her Career: “I Don’t Regret the Decision”
• If Legalized Abortion is So Safe, Explain These Women Who Died in Botched Abortions
• Abortion Supporters Claim Abortions are Unsafe. Their Solution? Kill More Babies in Abortions
• Pro-Life Congressman Steve Scalise Returns for the First Time Since a Liberal Activist Shot Him
• Planned Parenthood Said Pro-Lifers Would “Go Back to Their Normal Lives” Once Abortion Clinic Opened. 10 Years Later…
• Court Allows Arkansas to Limit the Dangerous Abortion Pill That Kills Unborn Babies

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September Life News Special:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: People Voted for Donald Trump Over Hillary Clinton Because They’re Sexist
One of the common themes on Hillary Clinton’s blame list for losing the 2016 election is the sexist nature of the American electorate.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.


NFL Players Protest Racism, But What About the 270 Black Babies Planned Parenthood Kills Every Day?
Finally! NFL players across the country took a knee to protest the systemic racism and unjustified deaths that have plagued black communities for decades.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Force Taxpayers to Fund Abortions Through All 9 Months of Pregnancy
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner today signed a bill to keep abortion on demand up to birth legal and establish the Land of Lincoln as a “safe haven” for women seeking abortions.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Judge Lets Abortion Clinics Deny Women Ultrasound of Their Baby Before Abortion
Kentucky abortion facilities will not have to provide women with basic information prior to an abortion after a federal judge struck down a state informed consent law Wednesday.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Cecile Richards: Pro-Lifers “Who Mischaracterize Planned Parenthood Have Never Had to Worry About Being Pregnant”
According to the head of America’s largest abortion provider, women understand Planned Parenthood. But she’s forgetting a few numbers in her calculation.

Cl i ck to Read at LifeNews.com

MSNBC Host Claims Conservative Is Ignorant of the Constitution for Saying Rights Come from God
Chuck Todd thought he had caught Roy Moore in a hot mic moment and sought to expose his ignorance of the Constitution.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Cli ck to Read at LifeNews.com.

Abortion Activist: We Need to “Normalize” Killing Babies in Abortions
Abortion activists have been tacking the word “care” next to abortion lately as if the word will make the killing of unborn babies seem less horrible.

Click to Read at LifeNews.com.

Looking for an inspiring and motivating speaker for your pro-life event? Don’t have much to spend on a high-priced speaker costing several thousand dollars? Contact LifeNews at news@lifenews.com about having LifeNews Editor Steven Ertelt speak at your event.

Pro-Life Congressman Steve Scalise Returns for the First Time Since a Liberal Activist Shot Him

Planned Parenthood Said Pro-Lifers Would “Go Back to Their Normal Lives” Once Abortion Clinic Opened. 10 Years Later…

Court Allows Arkansas to Limit the Dangerous Abortion Pill That Kills Unborn Babies

 
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Your Support Helps HLI Defend Life & Family Around the World!
 
Dear Friends,
The United Nations Human Rights Committee, despite its name, regularly attacks nations with pro-life laws. Now the Committee had gone a terrible step further; its latest ambition is to deny the Unborn the Right to Life. Currently, The United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) reads in Article 6: “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”
To stop the Committee from making abortion a “right”, which would open the door to abortion in all its terrible forms, Human Life International has joined with C-FAM, the Center for Family and Human Rights, and six other groups in sponsoring a crucial petition on the Right to Life in international law. This petition will be delivered in by October and insist that the United Nations must not be allowed to redefine natural law.

Friends, we ask that you sign this petition. The goal? Over 100,000 signatories. Please click on this email link to sign the petition and support us and our other partners in this effort: the Susan B. Anthony List, The Family Research Council, United Families International, United Families International, Americans United for Life, The American Principles Project and Concerned Women for America. And pray, that our enemies may be confounded. For “blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” (Psalm 39).

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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Of the 375+ locations where peaceful 40 Days for Life prayer vigils are under way … more than 150 are outside Planned Parenthood offices.

But Planned Parenthood is closing facilities at a record pace … and at least in part, they have YOU to blame for that.

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Former Planned Parenthood directors report that the “no-show” rate for abortion appointments goes as high as 75% when people are out in front praying!

That is detrimental to any business — but it’s important to know that when Planned Parenthood’s business goes down, it means that lives are saved from abortion.

It’s that simple. Now is the time to show up … and pray like never before.

Planned Parenthood is still America’s abortion giant … and they’re still responsible for more than 300,000 abortions every year.

But whether it’s a Planned Parenthood office in your community – or an independent abortion facility or a hospital – join the closest 40 Days for Life campaign!

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White Plains, New York

White Plains is hosting its eleventh 40 Days for Life campaign … with volunteers praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion center that is open six days a week.

This is one of the 150+ Planned Parenthood businesses where vigils are currently in progress.

At the White Plains kickoff event, a man told his story of how he came to understand what was going on at the abortion facility – that babies are dying inside that building … and they don ‘t have a “choice.”

He added that making the sacrifice to simply show up and stand on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, praying for the mothers and the babies, provides an important witness to all concerned.

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Atlanta, Georgia

The 40 Days for Life team in Atlanta kicked off its campaign with several events … including a prayer service, a rally and a baby shower.

Katharine O’Brien, 40 Days for Life’s director of youth and Hispanic outreach (third from the left in the photo above), spoke to the group, giving an update on the campaign and the mission’s newest initiatives.

Margarita, the local coordinator, offered “a big thank you to First Alliance Church and Ready to Go Ministries and all who participated in tons of great food, gifts and prayer” at the baby shower.

“I sensed a nudge from the Lord,” she said, “that He desires to use our public prayer vigil — and the prayers and fasting of all who join us from home — to pour out His mercy and grace” on all who are caught up in the abortion agenda.

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In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

— Acts 6:1

Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel, let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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