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Bishop urges priests to pray outside abortion clinic

September 10, 2010

A bishop already known for his pro-life activism is taking the further step of exhorting his priests to pray outside the state’s sole abortion clinic.

“The 40 Days for Life North Dakota campaign will soon begin again, running from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31,” Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo wrote in a recent letter to priests. “I know what a busy time this is for you in the parishes, yet I ask that you schedule one more very important thing on your calendar: your hour of prayer outside the abortion facility. I encourage you to tell your parishioners when that hour will be so that they may join you, or pray in union with you from wherever they may be at that time.”


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  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 11, 2010 9:18 PM ET USA

    I pray the clergy will join our efforts to gain respect for human life. Bishop Aquila's letter is an answer to a prayer.

  • Posted by: jmilloy46427 - Sep. 10, 2010 7:43 PM ET USA

    I say an amen to the comments of ltoscan2645. So few of our Bishops support this oureach. I have been praying in front of an abortion cllinic for over 11 years. We now have an average of 8 to 15 people each Saturday morning, thanks to 409 Days for Life that has brought this to the attention of people who love God, mostly Catholics. But we sadly miss the participation of the clergy. Please Lord, send them too.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Sep. 10, 2010 4:36 PM ET USA

    please God, would that all Bishops encourage all priests, religious and laity alike to do the same thing!