On Sunday 4th May, 2014 approximately 50,000 people from all over Italy and the world took to the streets of Rome to celebrate the gift of life and say “no” to abortion.
Some of the Family Life International NZ team were at the March for Life after attending the inaugural Rome Life Forum the previous day. The Forum attracted pro-life leaders from all over the world. Cardinal Burke, who gives immense encouragement to pro-lifer’s everywhere was a keynote speaker at the Forum. He also attended the March for Life.
The March was a joyful experience with lots of singing, whistle blowing, chants and laughter. However, the banners carried very serious messages, explaining to all those whom were passed by the March that abortion is a serious matter that takes the lives of precious unborn children, and hurts mothers and fathers too.
Participants excitedly gathered in St Peter’s Square as the March concluded in order to hear Pope Francis’ Angelus address which he gives every Sunday at noon. After praying the Regina Caeli (being Easter), Pope Francis welcomed those on the March saying “Many congratulations, Go, and go forward — and work on this.”