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October is Respect Life Month


New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the USCCB committee on Pro-Life Activities, has a clear message. All human life must be “cherished and protected,” he said.

October, which is designated by the USCCB as Respect Life Month, is a time the faithful turn their attention especially to the dignity of human life.

This year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy,” and it has its roots in words Pope Francis spoke when he announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy. “We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us,” he said.

The Diocese of Raleigh will observe Respect Life Sunday on Oct. 2. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate Mass at St. Mary Church in Laurinburg at 9 a.m.

That same day, Bishop Burbidge will attend a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood in Fayetteville as part of 40 Days for Life, a focused prayer campaign, which began Sept. 28 and continues through Nov. 6. A rosary service will begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information, go to

In the Raleigh Deanery, 40 Days for Life prayer will take place at A Woman’s Choice, an abortion facility. The campaign of focused prayer will continue at both locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Contact for more information about the Raleigh campaign.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also have resources available: