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The voice of the most vulnerable

· Pope Francis tweets his support to the Washington DC March for Life ·

Polar winds dipping as low as ten below couldn't stop participants in the 41st annual March for Life held Washington DC, on Wednesday 22 January. The annual meeting is organized by pro-life associations to peacefully protest the US Supreme Court's 1973 decision which legalized abortion in the United States. 

Tens of thousands of marchers from all over the US - the elderly, families, adults, young people, and children from Catholic dioceses, organizations, schools and universities, and many people from various Christian denominations and people of good will) made their way through the streets of the nation's capitol to their final stop at the steps of Capitol Hill, near the Supreme Court where a prayer vigil was held.

The 'pro-life generation' - as its members call themselves - had Pope Francis' support. On Wednesday the Pope tweeted both in English and in Spanish: “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable”.

University students came out in large numbers, mobilizing themselves in response to an appeal posted by Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz of Louisville, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops: “We march in memory of those lost to abortion. We march for the voiceless children to defend their right to life – especially for those like my brother Georgie, born with Down syndrome, whose lives all too often are deemed unworthy to see the light of day. We march for the women considering abortion, that in our concern for their needs, they will find the strength to choose life”.

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