October is Respect Life Month, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued a statement encouraging Catholics to “focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect, and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters.”
The theme of this year’s Respect Life Month is “Live the Gospel of Life”, which was inspired by the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical, The Gospel of Life. The encyclical “provides a blueprint for building a culture of life and civilization of love,” said Archbishop Naumann. “The important work of transforming our culture begins by allowing the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and decisions we make.” Archbishop Naumann’s full statement, including links to parish resources, can be found on the USCCB website.
This week also marked the beginning of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, a global pro-life movement that “aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.” The fall campaign will run from September 23 through November 1. More information on the campaign can be found on the 40 Days for Life website, including resources on how you can find a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil near you.