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Day of Prayer for Human Life, Oct. 8

Fatima Apostolate to "Storm Heaven"
FATIMA, Portugal, SEPT. 8, 2006 (

The World Apostolate of Fatima hopes to send a billion prayers to heaven Oct. 8. The occasion is a worldwide prayer day for the Sanctity of Human Life in which all Catholics are being asked to pray the rosary, and non-Catholics are invited to pray for 20 minutes, creating a worldwide current of prayer.

According to the organizers, the primary objective of the congress is to respond to Pope John Paul II's insistence in "Evangelium Vitae," No. 100, that "a great prayer for life is urgent, which will embrace the whole world."

A congress will be held prior to the day of prayer in Fatima from Oct. 4-8, with the theme: "Mary, to You We Entrust the Cause of Life."

The Fatima congress is being organized by the namesake World Apostolate, Human Life International, Helpers of God's Precious Infants, and Europaische Arzteaktion (European Doctors). The event is supported by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Those attending include Bishop Karl Romer, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family; Sister Virginia Beretta, sister of St. Gianna Beretta Molla; and Américo Lopez Ortiz, president of the Worldwide Fatima Apostolate.

On Oct. 6, the World Apostolate of Fatima will hold a spiritual program for all children of the world, encouraging them to gather before the Blessed Sacrament and pray the rosary for all the families.


Click here for Congress Program

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The Second Annual Worldwide Fatima Sanctity of Life Day, from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Washington New Jersey. Events include the Rosary, Holy Mass and talks by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Alan Keyes and many more.

Sunday October 8, 2006 10 AM
Sunday October 8, 2006 9 PM ENCORE

O Mary,
bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers
of babies not allowed to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it
resolutely, in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and Lover of life.

Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life