Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

NEW HAVEN—The Knights of Columbus is urging its members and Catholics to join the U.S. bishops in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life on each Friday from August 3 to September 28.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited people of good will to pray and fast that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court prompted by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy will move the nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.

“Prayer draws us close to God, makes us seek the good of others and is the greatest means of achieving justice,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. “We join our pastors in praying that the confirmation process will help lead to a court that upholds the right to life of every person, as it is the prerequisite for all other rights guaranteed by our Constitution.”

Participants in the novena will receive weekly prayer reminders by text message or email along with educational material on the nature and ramification of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Participants are asked to fast on the Fridays and to pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intention.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said the novena is an effort to “intercede for the healing of our nation and our people from decades of abortion on demand.”

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