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    Open Your Hearts to Life

    RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY – October 6, 2013 …

    In a statement marking Respect Life Month, October 2013, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), exhorted Catholics to “personally engage others and share the truth about human life.” He noted especially the loss of “over fifty-five million unborn children’s lives” from 40 years of legalized abortion after Roe v. Wade. Cardinal O’Malley said, “All members of the Church can bring healing to the world by upholding the beauty of human life and God’s unfailing mercy”.

    The Respect Life Program’s theme for 2013-14 is: “Open your hearts to life!” Cardinal O’Malley explained, By opening our hearts to his love and mercy, we let Christ dwell in us and we see more deeply the intricate and unique beauty of each person……….. we must respond to Pope Francis’ call with great urgency. Opening our hearts to life in Christ empowers us for loving, merciful action toward others,” he said.

    Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program stresses the value and dignity of human life. It is observed in the 195 Catholic dioceses in the United States. The cardinal’s full statement in English and Spanish may be found at www.usccb.org/respectlife.