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Archbishop visits 40 Days for Life vigil in San Mateo

March 20, 2015
Catholic San Francisco

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone visited pro-life volunteers March 7 at the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil outside the Planned Parenthood Clinic in San Mateo.

The archbishop greeted each person at the vigil, thanked them, offered a prayer and blessed them. The prayer included a petition for women who are pregnant and feel alone, that they will find the help and support they need.

Jessica Munn, who has led the Lenten prayer vigil for eight years, said the effort “contains the three aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.” She noted that participants give time for the ministry, pray at the site, and in many cases choose the discipline of fasting for the sake of the unborn as a Lenten work. She said 300-400 people have been involved in years past and new faces often turn up.

“It has been a focus for attempts to save babies and mothers, to draw more people into the pro-life movement, and to educate more people about why they should be pro-life,” Munn said.

She said the campaign “is clearly driven by the Holy Spirit and is worth every sacrifice. The greatest joy is the saving of a baby or the closing of the abortion business, but regardless, there are plenty of good times as we share in praying and swap stories. We also have a closing celebration which is fun.”

Contact themunns@yahoo.com; sf40daysforlife@gmail.com; (408) 840-DAYS.

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