France's Novopress called today's Marche Pour le Respect de la Vie a huge success and estimated that at least 18,000 persons were there. They also reported that, in what appears to be a sign of change in attitude from the French Church, this years Marche:
"...has received the support of twenty-six bishops, including Bishop Aillet, Bishop of Bayonne, Msgr Kratz , bishop of Strasbourg, Monsignor Castet, bishop of Lucon, Archbishop Cattenoz, bishop of Avignon, Bishop Poulain, Bishop of Perigueux, and even Archbishop Barbarin, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon and Primate of the Gauls."
Novopress also reported that one Archbishop, Dominique Lebrun, bishop of Saint-Etienne, who is the former pastor of the Basilica Saint-Denis and member of the Communications Committee of the Conference of Bishops of France, attended the Marche.
San Franciscans Dolores Meehan and Cathleen Gilles were there. Dolores, co-founder of the SF "Walk for Life West Coast" gave the keynote speech at the rally preceding the Marche.
Before the rally and Marche, the two women attended a prayer vigil at St. Francis Xavier Church. They presented a letter of pro-life solidarity from our good Archbishop George Niederauer to Andre Armand Cardinal Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. His Eminence was unable to attend, but they delivered the letter to Monsigneur Chauvet, the Vicar General, who was at the prayer vigil
Dolores had only a minute to talk. She told us:
"It was a massive crowd--probably 20-25,000. It was especially wonderful to see so many young people. Some musicians affiliated with the Marche have composed a song just for the Marche. They had a sound truck playing it the whole way. It was great to see the young people dancing as they marched!"
What a great idea! You can listen here.
Here's the video inviting people to Marche--I like it!
LA MARCHE POUR LA VIE 2010 (bande annonce)
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