All are invited to the Diocese of Cleveland’s annual Mass for Life, which will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. Bishop Emeritus Martin Amos, a native of Cleveland and retired bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, will celebrate the Mass. He also will be the homilist.
A Rosary for Life will be said immediately after the Mass.
This year is the 45th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The Mass is the diocesan observance of the Day for Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Many representatives from the diocese are expected to be among the thousands who will attend the National Prayer Vigil for Life Jan. 18-19 at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., followed by the March for Life on Jan. 19.
Since abortion was legalized in 1973, more than 58 million abortions have been performed in the United States. According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 20,672 abortions reported in the state during 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available.
Visit 2018mass4lifecle.eventbrite.com or call 216-334-2965 for more information and to register groups for the Mass on Jan. 22.