Catholic bishops in the United States urged the faithful to pray on January 29 as the annual national March for Life this year would be taking place online.
“Peaceful prayer and witness must and will continue this year — just in a different format,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee.
The archbishop urged Catholics who planned to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 29, to instead unite in prayer beginning on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The March for Life is an annual peaceful pro-life gathering in Washington, D.C. in protest of abortion. It has occurred every year since the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Annually attended by pro-life advocates from all over the U.S., the march is the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, according to organizers.
The Catholic News Agency reported that organizers of the event decided this year to confine attendance to a small group of pro-life leaders, citing safety precautions.
The leaders will leave roses in front of the Supreme Court in mourning for the lives lost to abortion.