By John-Henry Westen

VATICAN, October 29, 2010 ( – Pro-life activists worldwide are pledging to promote Pope Benedict XVI’s initiative to have all Catholic churches in the world to join him in celebrating a vigil for all nascent human life on November 27th, 2010. Moreover, a campaign to thank the Pope for the initiative is being promoted in seven languages.

A new website has been launched“,” where pro-life people can send a message to the pope in their own language. The message states: “We express our sincere gratitude to you, Holy Father, for your leadership in this gravely needed initiative, and in the fight for life around the world. In prayer, we renew and redouble our efforts, trusting that the Author of Life will guide us toward victory in defending our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”

On the evening of November 27, 2010 at the liturgical beginning of Advent – a time of joyful anticipation for the celebration of birth of Christ – His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate a prayer vigil in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the intention of all nascent human life. At the request of the Holy Father, a letter was sent to all the episcopal conferences of the Catholic Church this past June asking them to take part in this prayer and to organize prayer vigils at the beginning of Advent in all local churches.

“Let’s do everything possible so that our parishes, communities, prayer groups and families join in this universal prayer for life, in communion with the Holy Father,” said Lech Kowalewski, a national leader of the pro-life movement in Poland, who is also coordinating the “yes for Benedict” effort. “Personal prayer in union with the Church for the intention of defending preborn human life is our duty and raises great hope that with God’s help the civilization of life and love will triumph.”

For details on how to join Pope Benedict in prayer during the Vigil for All Nascent Human Life, click here.

To sign on to the message of thanks to the Pope for instituting the vigil for life please click here.


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