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9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life.
Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal
Protection of Unborn Children*, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to
However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other's God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.
9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:
*Typically observed each year on January 22 (also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade), the 2017 observance will be January 23. More information.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Anyone can join individually at www.9daysforlife.com.
However, leaders in parishes and various parish ministries, as well as in schools,
dioceses, and other organizations, are especially important in raising
awareness and helping others participate in various ways.
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Leaders are encouraged to promote and incorporate 9 Days for Life into their regular programming and/or to host special, related events during this time. To aid leaders in these efforts, a leaders' toolkit will be made available online with promotional, programmatic, and prayer resources.
(Check back to the leaders' toolkit page for updates!)
the leaders' resources and the novena itself will be made available in both English and
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Each January 22 our nation marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case which legalized abortion during all nine months of pregnancy. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss—often in silence.As Catholics, we recognize the inherent dignity of every person in every circumstance and at every stage of life—from conception to death. Yet we continue to see many threats to life and violence against it. We cannot look the other way. As Pope Francis noted during his visit to the United States, our "care for one another is care for Jesus himself."
You can sign up any time of year at www.9daysforlife.com! Throughout the year, www.9daysforlife.com features email and text message subscription options for monthly messages structured like the novena's daily prayer guides. (By signing up, you'll automatically receive the novena each January, as well as monthly messages the rest of the year.)
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