LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The ninth annual OneLife LA was held Saturday in downtown Los Angeles and was billed by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a celebration of the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.
The theme was “Our Mission is Love” and highlighted the work of the anti-abortion movement since the US Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade of 1973, which stated that there is a constitutional right to abortion.
The event began at 11:00 am at the La Placita Olvera kiosk with greetings from Archbishop Jos Gomez of Los Angeles. At 12:30 p.m., there was a “Walk for Life” to the Los Angeles State Historic Park, where from 2:00 p.m. a program of speakers and artists addressed the crowd
Hundreds of people watched the program in the park, which was moderated by Brenda Noriega, young adult program coordinator in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino.
“OneLifeLA has been bringing people together for nine years… and what started as a one-day event has grown into a movement of love and a year-long commitment to celebrate and protect the dignity and beauty of all human life is just beautiful,” Noriega said Quantity.
“We are part of a great movement for human freedom and human dignity,” Gomez said. … We all want to live in a society where human life is valued and welcomed, where everyone can live with dignity from conception to natural death. This is a spiritual movement, a movement of hearts, minds and souls. The movement for life is the movement for love.”
A “Requiem for the Unborn” Mass was scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, celebrated by Gomez. Speakers will include Lauren Costabile, Founder and Executive Director of Hearts of Joy International, which funds heart treatment for children with Down syndrome in the developing world; Mike and Penny Michalak, parents of 16 children, including 10 adopted, four of whom have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, and founders of a school in Louisville, Kentucky that enrolls students with Down syndrome; and the Capuchin Franciscan friar and priest named Bro Vic, who spreads the gospel message through Catholic rap music.
“OneLife LA is not a one-day event, but a movement to be lived throughout the year,” said Michael Donaldson, senior director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace.
“This year’s theme, ‘Our Mission is Love,’ speaks to our calling to honor the dignity of all humankind and to recognize that each of us is created in the image and likeness of God.”
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