Peaceful candlelight vigil closes Auckland 40 Days for Life vigil

This year's 40 Days for Life vigil in Auckland came to a poignant closing with a well-attended candlelight vigil outside a private abortion centre. Held on Palm Sunday, approximately 300 people gathered on the footpath opposite the Auckland Medical Centre…

“Safe area” legislation threatens to shut down peaceful prayer vigils

A Bill that would legalize the implementation of so-called “safe areas” around selected abortion centres in New Zealand has been introduced to Parliament and passed its first reading. The Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill was introduced by…

40 Days for Life kicks off in 567 locations

A global effort to end abortion through peaceful presence outside abortion centres, prayer, and fasting has kicked off in 567 cities. You will know this life-saving pro-life activity as 40 Days for Life.  Begun in 2004, the peaceful effort has…

The impact of prayerful vigil – stories from the Street

Often the impact of standing in prayer and witness outside an abortion facility goes unnoticed by those who make sacrifices to be there. At times, prayer volunteers may wonder how, or even if, they can save lives. Yet prayer and…

Prayer and witness outside abortion centres is a concrete way to restore a culture of life

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18 Participating in prayer and witness outside abortion centres can be an extremely uncomfortable experience.  After all, you are vulnerable and open to ridicule from people…

Abortion Legislation Bill, prayer, safe areas and action

We live in important times.  Prayer is the backbone of every action to defeat the culture of death that prevails around us.  Jesus tells us “apart from me you can do nothing,” (cf. John 15). This week New Zealand’s politicians…

Peaceful, prayerful, effective 40 Days for Life vigil will bring hope to local communities this Lent

On February 26, the highly successful world-wide 40 Days for Life vigil returns to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.  “Vigil participants are a sign of hope for the pregnant…

40 Days for Life: Be a sign of hope and help save lives

https://youtu.be/e6MtOM6pZ5U In the coming week people from all over New Zealand will participate in the largest ever world-wide 40 Days for Life.  40 Days for Life is a worldwide simultaneous prayer vigil that takes place outside local abortion centres with…

Abortion: Lives are at stake, we have to act

As a new decade begins, New Zealand awaits the report of the Abortion Legislation Bill.  Just a small number of politicians have been tasked with the responsibility of weighing the evidence presented. Tabled for Friday 14 February, the Abortion Legislation…

The philosophy behind a peaceful presence outside abortion centres

When a great tragedy occurs in a community, caring citizens often come together to grieve, pay their respects to the victims and to show support for those left behind.  Flowers are laid at the site and often candle light vigils…