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January 20, 2001


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the annual Mass for Life. This Mass marks the 28th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Sunday, January 21, 2001
2:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Those scheduled to be in attendance include the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Peter Claver. Catholic high school students will carry banners and flags in the opening procession. Archdiocesan elementary school students who participated in the spiritual adoption program will carry flowers to the altar in the opening procession. These students "adopt' an unborn child and pray for the child to be born. Music will be provided by the Archdiocesan Boy Choir. All are invited to attend the Mass for Life.

The Mass will be interpreted into American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices will be made available. The Cathedral is accessible to persons who use wheelchairs and staff will be on hand to assist any persons with special needs.

On Monday, January 22, 2001, Cardinal Bevilacqua will lead approximately seven thousand people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the 28th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.


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John Cox
Communications Assistant

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