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Philadelphia: day of prayer, penance following Gosnell conviction

May 24, 2013

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has declared May 24 to be a special day of prayer and penance “as a Christian response to the Kermit Gosnell trial and conviction.”

“The recent trial and conviction of the Philadelphia abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, for killing three babies born alive, manifested in yet another vivid way the horrific details of the abortion culture that confronts the Gospel of Life,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “Christians have no option but to respond with prayer and penance in reparation for these crimes against the sacredness of human life, especially in the womb. The battle for the protection of human life is equally a spiritual battle as it is culturally, socially and politically.”


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