THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CULTURE OF LIFE
THERE IS HOPE
May 23, 2017
Amidst the all-out assault against faith, family and life,
from without and even from within our Church, there are those
who take a bold stand. Bishops like Cardinal Burke and Bp
Athanasius Schneider. Young people. Young couples. Pro-lifers.
Lovers of Jesus and the Church. There is hope. But it will
be a long, drawn-out, bruising battle. We are called to faithfulness,
commitment and sacrifice.
Thousands turn out in Rome for March that’s
‘taking on a life of its own’
ROME, Italy, May 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Thousands
of Italians marched against abortion and euthanasia on Saturday
at the nation's annual March for Life (Marcia per la Vita)
alongside Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider
of Kazakhstan, and Archbishop Carlo Maria
Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
The Rome March for
Life is "taking on a life of its own," Father Francesco
Giordano, director of Human Life International's Rome office,
There were groups of priests and religious from the Institute
of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Priestly Fraternity
of St. Peter, the Institute of the Incarnate Word, the Franciscan
Friars of the Immaculate, and the Society of St. Pius X. Students,
youth groups, families, and a group of bagpipers from Tradition,
Family, Property carried banners and flags. The Italian branch
of Rachel's Vineyard and other Christian organizations were
represented as well.
The March ended with a rally at which abortion survivor Gianna
Jessen urged pro-lifers to be "unashamed of Jesus"
and Belgian Professor Stéphane Mercier praised Jesus
and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mercier is facing investigation,
and possible sacking, from the Catholic University of Louvain
for presenting his students with philosophical arguments against
abortion. Jessen was born during a failed saline abortion.
"This is a battle between life and death and we need
God's help," she said. "It's a broken world and
broken people need real answers that come from God."
Jessen had a special message for men and women who have participated
in abortion: "The only freedom any of us will ever find
from our sin is Jesus."
She encouraged the many young people attending to embrace
"Young women: you are made to be loved and respected,"
she said. "Women, we are not meant to be used and to
have the men walk away. Men, you are made to be courageous
"Men, you can only be courageous if you know who you
are," Jessen continued. "And you are made in the
image of God, just as women are. So stand up and be who you're
born to be: protectors of women and children. And be honorable."
The Marcia per la Vita was just one day after Burke, the former
prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and current Patron of the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta, called for the consecration
of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Some marchers carried images of Our Lady of Fatima. The March
was just one week after the 100th anniversary of the first
of the Marian apparitions during which the Mother of God warned
about the consequences of sin and told three shepherd children
to pray the rosary for the restoration of world peace.
Giordano said pro-lifers must "network globally and work
locally," something he took away from the Rome Life Forum.
"Last year, the war was against the so-called gay marriage"
in Italy, said Giordano. "Now it’s euthanasia.
It seems like everything [is] on the agenda," and deceptively-worded
legislation worsens the problem.
Another "battle to fight" is efforts
in Europe to ban pro-life websites, he warned.
But the "hope of our future" are young couples who
form big, "holy" families, he said. "I can’t
encourage that enough."