My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
As adopted daughters and sons of God, each October we begin the activities of Respect Life Month with the observance of Respect Life Sunday, celebrated on October 6th this year. At Masses that day, thousands of parishes across the country begin a year-long educational and prayer campaign in support of life. As chair of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, it is my pleasure to introduce this year’s theme, which echoes Pope Francis’ call for all people to "Open your hearts to life!"
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Today’s Sunday is designated by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States as Respect Life Sunday. All Catholics are invited to pray and reflect on how each of us might renew our commitment and witness to respecting, promoting and teaching the transcendent nature of the human person. Contemporary culture and governments of many countries promote values that are contrary to the true happiness and true good of individuals and society. The unborn child, the aging parent, the person in a coma, the impaired—each today is at risk of being dismissed as a ‘life unworthy of life’…
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