I just got this email from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It seems Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is encouraging the clergy and faithful to participate in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) nationwide novena to end abortion.

January 22, 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States. Since then more than 55 million children have lost their lives to abortion.

“9 Days for Life” is a novena with different intercessions, brief reflections and suggested acts of reparation that can be received directly each day by email, text message or through a new mobile application for smartphones. It allows for a wide variety of ways for people of all ages and circumstances to participate. The novena of prayer also spans the March for Life where thousands of pilgrims from the Archdiocese will travel to Washington, DC, on January 22, 2014.

It starts tomorrow so I thought you’d like to know. It seems like a good idea to me.

You can find out more at the USCCB website.

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