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Mass4Life 7250Virginia Ryan, a local leader of the Connecticut chapter of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, leads a procession to the state Capitol after a pro-life Mass Jan. 19 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father Anthony DiMarco of the Norwich Diocese, director of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Archbishop Mansell said in his homily, "We are stewards of our time."

He said abortion advocates want to keep the practice in the shadows, and it is our job to bring it into the light for the atrocity that it is. He also noted that physician-assisted suicide, which is being considered in Connecticut’s General Assembly this year, can lead to people "being put to death against their will."

Archbishop Mansell also celebrated a Pro-Life Mass on Jan. 20 at. St. Mary Church in New Haven that the Connecticut State Council of Knights of Columbus organizes each year.

The Connecticut Right to Life Corp. also organized a rally for life on Jan. 20 on the Waterbury Green.

Archbishop Mansell and residents from across the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the national March for Life at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

They will join hundreds of thousands of people from around the country to pray for the revocation of Roe v. Wade, the federal law making an abortion legal.

Before the march, Archbishop Mansell was scheduled to celebrate a Mass at 8 a.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor of The Catholic Association, was scheduled to speak at a breakfast to follow. She is a former Congressional Liaison and spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee.

Sister Suzanne Gross, program coordinator of Pro-Life Activities for the archdiocese, has attended the March for Life for the last 10 years. This year, she is leading a group of 100 people. It is one of several groups from the Archdiocese of Hartford planning to attend the march.

"The hundreds of thousands who march for life, mostly youth, are an inspiration and sign of the deep commitment many Americans have to reaffirming the dignity of human life," said Sister Suzanne.

In all the dioceses of the United States of America, today is being observed as a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

Archbishop Mansell and a number of people from Connecticut were scheduled to arrive in Washington in time on Thursday for a Respect for Life Mass celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a prayer vigil to follow.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.