OneLife LA: Thousands gather to support human dignity for all

Photo credit: Victor Aleman/

Photo credit: Victor Aleman/

Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday to support the dignity of human life at OneLife LA. As Peter Jesserer of the National Catholic Register wrote:

OneLife LA is a unique pro-life march. While pro-life marches in the U.S. generally focus almost exclusively on the injustice of abortion, OneLife LA took a different approach by celebrating all human life, and encouraging participants to commit to doing something concrete to build a culture of life in their families and communities. Instead of providing a forum for activists and politicians, OneLife LA gave a platform to national and local speakers who had made a choice for life and human dignity, inspiring others to do the same in their lives and the lives of those they meet.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles led the crowd in prayer before the march through downtown Los Angeles. He also addressed the crowd, saying:

“My friends, we are being called to build a culture of life — a culture that loves life and defends life. A culture where every human life is welcomed and wanted and cared for. … This duty to protect life begins with the life of the child in the womb. There is no one more innocent, no one more defenseless in our society than the unborn child. So we need to protect the unborn. That means ending legal abortion. But it also means reaching out in love to support the mother who carries the unborn child in her womb.

The duty to protect life means that we need to stand with all those who are suffering and exploited and vulnerable in our society, especially those who are elderly and terminally ill. We need to protect them against the false compassion of euthanasia — which suggests that the sick would be better off dead than to be loved and cared for.”

Featured at the event were community partners who offered concrete ways participants could build a civilization of life and love, by helping unwed mothers, foster children, and children with incarcerated parents; by fighting human trafficking, helping the homeless and being involved with those who have intellectual disabilities.

For more photos and information, visit The National Catholic Register or Angelus Newsthe online newspaper of the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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Details released for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

Details of a proposed schedule for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States were released yesterday by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, a member of the organizing committee for the pope’s U.S. visit. Catholic News Agency reports that the Holy Father will arrive on September 22 and depart the evening of September 27, visiting three U.S. cities during that time: Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

The main purpose of Pope Francis’ visit is to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia that week, but other items on his agenda include a meeting at the White House, an address to both the Senate and the House of Representatives at the joint-meeting of Congress, an address at the United Nations general assembly, and the canonization of Franciscan missionary Blessed Junipero Serra.

For more information, read the full article at Catholic News Agency.

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Immaculate Heart Radio program inspires music director to plan benefit concert for Catholics in Iraq

Displaced Iraqi child, who fled from Islamic State violence, sits with her family outside their tent in a campFrom The Catholic Sun

According to Aid to the Church in Need, some 120,000 of the refugees have descended on Irbil in northern Iraq since the crisis began. Among them are 5,000 children. As nighttime temperatures drop below freezing, many of those who have escaped ISIS are living in tents, schools and abandoned buildings.

Kim Scoggin, music director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, decided to do something about it. She’s planned a Jan. 25 concert at the parish featuring well-known Catholic musicians Tom Booth, Ike Ndolo and the OLMC choir. Proceeds from the concert will go toward assisting the Chaldean Catholics who remain in Irbil.

Scoggin said she was listening to Immaculate Heart Radio when she heard Patrick Madrid interview Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo about the situation. Bishop Jammo leads the St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Diocese headquartered in El Cajon, Calif. Scoggin had already decided she wanted to take action to help the displaced Christians, but the bishop’s words galvanized her.

“He said, ‘Thousands have perished and have been persecuted but thousands more who would have been persecuted were not because of Our Lady’s mantle of protection,’” Scoggin recalled.

The benefit concert will take place on January 25, starting with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tempe, AZ. For more information visit the Our Lady of Mount Carmel web site.

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