Thousands will brave the possible chill winds and snow of Washington this week, following the Inauguration events, to remind our country of the dignity of human life in all its stages. By their presence, as they march the streets of D.C., on the annniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, they proclaim "The Gospel of Life" articulated forcefully by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical issued in 1995. He taught that the Gospel of Life was at the heart of Jesus' message: "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). The horror of the killing of the school children in Connecticut remind us of the threat to human life that continues. May we respond to the late Pontiff's exhortation to "respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life!" For only in this direction, "will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness."
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