Pro-life leaders to meet in May for third annual Rome Life Forum
ROME, April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Life and family leaders from across the world will meet in Vatican City next month for the third annual Rome Life Forum to strategize on how best to defend and promote Christian teaching on sexuality, marriage, family, and life.
“In this critical hour for the Church, it has never been more necessary for leaders to come together to defend and promote Catholic teaching on the family,” said event organizer Maria Madise, International Director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, to LifeSiteNews.
Madise said the event is open to anyone in a leadership position who is ready to role up their sleeves and get to work.
“The Forum is intended for all who have, or aspire to, a leadership position in the life and family movement – whether it be internationally, nationally or in your local parish or community,” she said.
Prominent speakers at the event include Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Also speaking will be leaders from international pro-life organizations including Fr. Shenan Boquet of Human Life International, John Smeaton of the U.K. Society for the Protection of the Unborn, and LifeSiteNews’ very own John-Henry Westen.
The event will be held May 6-7 at the Hotel Columbus, followed afterwards by the May 8 Rome March for Life. Organizers are asking participants to register by April 8.
In 2014, the year of the inaugural Rome Life Forum, 52 pro-life leaders from 16 nations signed a declaration calling on Catholic bishops to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy.
Last year the forum focused on addressing the implications of the Synods on the Family as well as the papacy of Francis as they relate to the life and family issues.
John Henry Westen, a founder of the Forum, has called the event an important opportunity to advance the culture of life.
“The Rome Life Forum was an initiative we believed would benefit the awesome leaders we know in many countries around the world. A meeting where they could get to know one another, trust one another and collaborate to advance a culture of life,” he said.
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