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January 19, 2012


Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will lead, for the first time as Archbishop of Philadelphia, thousands of faithful from the Archdiocese on the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Monday. This date marks the 39th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

The March for Life activities will begin with an Opening Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Chaput will concelebrate the Vigil Mass with principal celebrant and homilist Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Committee, the night before the March.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C., 20017

Archbishop Chaput will be the main celebrant and homilist at a Mass the morning of the March for participants from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Monday, January 23rd
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C., 20017

*** For Media Coverage of Bus Departures from Philadelphia: A bus from Roman Catholic High School for Boys departs for Washington, D.C. on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. from the corner of Vine and Broad Streets in Philadelphia. Four buses from Archbishop Ryan High School will depart from the school's main entrance on Academy Road at 6:15 a.m.

Buses transporting more than 100 seminarians will depart Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood at 5:45 a.m. ***

The March for Life Rally will begin at the National Mall at 12:00 p.m. Participants from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will meet on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street - in front of the National Gallery of Art. They will process behind the Archdiocese of Philadelphia banner, which will be carried by seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. The March for Life is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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Editor's Note: For more information please visit the Office for Respect Life at

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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