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Two busloads of people who gathered at the Franciscan Life Center in Meriden were among many from Connecticut who went to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 for Masses, a rally and the annual March for Life in support of the unborn. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was principal celebrant and homilist at a National Prayer Vigil Mass for Life Jan. 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. About 20,000 mostly young people attended from all points of the compass. On Jan. 22, about 225 Connecticut pilgrims gathered for a Mass for Peace and Justice at the Washington Plaza Hotel, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was principal celebrant. Helen Alvaré, associate professor of law at George Mason University, spoke about religious freedom at a breakfast after the Mass. The pilgrims from the Hartford Archdiocese, led by Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Suzanne Gross, coordinator of the Pro-Life Ministry in Meriden, gathered on the National Mall at noon Jan. 22, where pro-life government officials, clergy and organizers spoke to crowds estimated to be as high as 300,000. Bob Mullen and his wife Julie, parishioners of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, attended the West Coast version, Walk for Life, in San Francisco, Calif. The sixth annual event brought more than 40,000 advocates for life to San Francisco to march despitepouring rain. A small but vocal opposition also was on hand. Many groups prayed the rosary while marching the three miles from Justin Herman Plaza, down The Embarcader and past Fisherman's Wharf and finishing at Marina Green. The rally prior to the march featured a number of national pro-life figures, including Abby Johnson, formerly of Planned Parenthood; David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life; and Lila Rose, UCLA student and president of Live Action.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford celebrates a Mass for Peace and Justice on Jan. 21. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Two tired pilgrims wait for Mass to begin. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Franciscan Brother of the Eucharist Leo Maneri, right, prepares to assist at a Mass for Peace and Justice on the morning of the March for Life.  (Photo by Jack Sheedy)People await the start of the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life on Jan. 21 in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)On Jan. 22, about 225 Connecticut pilgrims gathered for a Mass for Peace and Justice at the Washington Plaza Hotel, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was principal celebrant. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)The marchers proceeded past the First Amendment Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.Joe Daracsdi, of Milford, Pa., holds a sign protesting the funding of abortion in the proposed health care bill.Helen Alvaré, associate professor of law at George Mason University, speaks at breakfast. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Onlookers show their support in individual ways. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Mounted police watch as pro-life marchers proceed to the Supreme Court building. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Jeannot Michaud , center, of Bristol Palos Council 35, Knights of Columbus, has attended the March for Life four years in a row. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)Leah DiVenere, one of 19 students from St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

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