OTTAWA, April 15, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The 2021 Canadian National March for Life will forge ahead this year in a “hybrid” format with both an in-person rally followed by a march in Ottawa on May 13, and a “full program of virtual events” to be held between May 9 and 16.
“On May 13, Canadians will march peacefully on Parliament Hill and online to implore our leaders to enact laws that protect life from conception until natural death. Together, let us reach out and tell those most in need. You are not alone. Together, let us March for Life on May 13,” reads a description of this year’s event.
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) is the organizer of the event, which last year was held virtually, due to the COVID lockdowns.
CLC says that this year’s in-person rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. EST and will be approximately 45 minutes long. It will be followed by the march on Canada’s parliament.
Josie Luetke, Youth Coordinator for CLC, told LifeSiteNews that the “pandemic doesn’t change the fact that human life is not protected in Canada.”
“We are very much looking forward to once again returning to Parliament Hill for the rally and March for Life itself, as the pandemic doesn’t change the fact that human life is not protected in Canada from conception to natural death, and it’s there, in the heart of Ottawa, where this change needs to be made, and where we will hold our elected representatives to account,” said Luetke.
On Tuesday, CLC premiered a 30-minute video special special on its YouTube page to begin the “100-day countdown” to the 2021 March for Life. The video featured David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life and a pro-life speaker.
The video announced this year’s event speakers as well as the planned schedule of events.
The kick-off event for this year’s March for Life will be an online screening of the film Roe v. Wade, which will take place on April 18. Tickets for the showing are $12.99.
During the March for Life week, an online Rose Dinner will be held on May 13, emceed by Bereit, and starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Rose Dinner will feature an engaging panel discussion on “the pro-life movement in a cancel culture,” according to the CLC.
It will be moderated by Canadian filmmaker and director Kevin Dunn. The panel will include Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett, former Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom, and Tanya Granic Allen, TV host and political commentator.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by going to marchforlife.ca/event/rose-dinner-2021/.
Luetke said the 2021 events will be “even better” than last year’s.
“If you enjoyed the Virtual National March for Life last year, I assure you that you’ll find our 2021 events even better, as we’ve been working very diligently over the past few months to bring you an extremely engaging and powerful schedule, with elements that will appeal to everyone,” said Luetke.
The head of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, is under attack for consistently calling out Joe Biden for the serious sin of publicly promoting abortion.
A petition has been launched against Archbishop Naumann because he continues to preach the truth that "Catholic" politicians who promote abortion are endangering their souls and causing grave scandal to the faithful.
We must now come to Archbishop Naumann's defense.
Please SIGN and SHARE WIDELY this petition which urges the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or remove Archbishop Naumann from head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the terrible sin of promoting the murder the unborn human beings.
Archbishop Naumann has come under fire, from people who plainly know or care little about Catholic moral teaching, for stating the obvious in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews:
It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good...
We must continue to speak to President Biden, as well as all Catholics, and even all Americans, about the truth of what abortion is. Abortion is not something to be celebrated, and it is not healthcare. It is the intentional killing of a child. To participate in abortion or to promote abortion is a grave evil.
And, in an even more pointed statement made in an interview with Catholic World Report, Archbishop Naumann defended the Holy Eucharist against Biden's attack on human life, suggesting that Biden should not present himself for Holy Communion:
When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church. President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.
But, again, by calling out Joe Biden for his public promotion of abortion, Archbishop Naumann is not doing anything out-of-the-ordinary.
He is only saying what the bishops should have all been saying, with a unified voice, since Biden won the nomination during the election campaign.
Indeed, in an open letter published on inauguration day, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or replace Archbishop Naumann as head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the horrific sin of promoting the murder of the preborn.
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'EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Naumann – US bishops must address scandal of ‘Catholic’ Biden championing abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exclusive-bishop-naumann-us-bishops-must-address-scandal-of-catholic-biden-championing-abortion
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Luetke said she is hoping there will be a good turnout for the online youth conference, noting that registration for the youth conference — which is free of charge — is now open.
“The youth conference was indispensable in my own development as a pro-life activist, and the virtual one we have planned is every bit as educational and inspirational,” said Luetke.