40 Days for Life – Ground Zero Report – Day 3

Many different projects characterize the life of God’s people in Ottawa. One of those that is an extraordinary witness to Christians embracing a culture of life is witnessing to life publicly, outside most people’s comfort zone.

One such occasion is the semi-annual “40 Days for Life” that we held in Ottawa earlier this year during Lent.

This fall Ottawa is holding another forty days of fasting, prayer and witnessing in an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate abortion. This will also be the case in other cities in Canada, the USA and, for the first time this year, in Denmark.

Because of other commitments I was not able to attend the launch of the “40 Days” (a biblically-rooted period for devotional practices) on Parliament Hill, with prayers led by Bruce Clemenger, head of the Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Canada, and other religious and lay leaders earlier this week. On October 13 at 7PM in St. Patrick’s Basilica, I will celebrate Mass to mark the approximate mid-point of the “40 Days”.

Yesterday afternoon, I took advantage of the bright sunny weather to walk over to the witness being held opposite the abortion facility on Bank Street, to pray with those silently praying there and to thank them for their witness to the sacredness of life in the womb.

Archbishop Terence Prendergast



Other report here.

One thought on “40 Days for Life – Ground Zero Report – Day 3

  1. The Archbishop of Ottawa attended the 40 Days for Life!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, God, for the encouragement that this will bring to faithful Catholics across Canada. Thank you, dear Archbishop Prendergast, for your faithful leadership!

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