“All life has inestimable value — even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” — Pope Francis, 2013

Protecting life from conception to natural death

Respect Life Month is observed every October by the church in the United States, beginning with Respect Life Sunday, which takes place this year Oct. 1. The theme for the coming year is “Be Not Afraid” and will be in effect through September 2018.

In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, parishes are encouraged to hold special activities to pray for the culture of life and educate Catholics about issues surrounding respect for life.  The archdiocesan “Life is Beautiful” Mass will be celebrated Jan. 14 in advance of the national March for Life in Washington, D.C.

“I challenge you today to ask the Holy Spirit to help you find the person in your life who needs you,” said Archbishop William E. Lori. “Maybe she needs someone to listen. Maybe he is hurting. Maybe she’s hungry. Maybe he’s aging and afraid. Or she’s pregnant and scared. Or their marriage is struggling. When we step out, unafraid, we walk with people in their grief.”

Johanna Coughlin, archdiocesan director of the Respect Life Office, said Catholics support a culture of life in big and small ways throughout the year.

“Respect Life Month is a time to pray for all the vulnerable in our lives and discern how we are individually called to bring the gospel of life to our community,” she said.

See below for news and commentary about Respect Life Month, along with local and national resources. For  Archbishop Lori’s Respect Life Month letter, click here, and for more from the Respect Life Office, click here

RESPECT LIFE MONTH NEWS & COMMENTARY

RESPECT LIFE MONTH RESOURCES

Video Resources

Introducing 40 Days for Life

Learn how 40 Days for Life started in a Texas college town and grew to a global outreach … changing hearts, minds and lives along the way.

Pro-life millennials speak out

Tired of the rhetoric around abortion? The loudest voices don’t always tell the whole story. America Magazine talked to 7 millennial women—socialist, libertarian, Republican, independent—all of them pro-life, about their hopes for the pro-life movement.

Pope Francis brings pro-life message to Congress

Pope Francis speaks out for sanctity of life in address to Congress. EWTN reports on the historic visit. 

The Impact of the Pro-Life Generation

Students for Life discusses the impact of the pro-life generation.

Special Needs Adoption Stories

State Farm Insurance partnered with The Huffington Post to create this video on special needs adoption stories.

Assisted Suicide

Patients Rights Action Fund interviews a kidney doctor  about new medical developments and the danger of assisted suicide.