Rosary prayer

Amid tensions over abortion, Catholics urged to pray rosary on Friday

US Bishops call on the faithful to join in prayer on May 13, the Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima

The leak of a draft opinion of the Supreme Court indicating the possible cancellation of Roe vs. Wade was followed by protests orchestrated by abortion advocates over Mother’s Day weekend.

Abortion rights groups have taken to social media to organize the disruption of Catholic masses and the harassment of Supreme Court justices in their homes, while several pro-life pregnancy centers have been vandalized .

On Tuesday, two Catholic bishops invited Catholics to “witness the beautiful gift of life with civility and love” by joining in fasting and prayer.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee, called on Catholics to fast and pray the Rosary on Friday, May 13, Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.

In a press release, the bishops wrote:

Amid the current tensions, we invite Catholics across the country to join us in fasting and praying the Rosary on Friday, May 13, Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us offer our prayers and fasting for these intentions:

*For our nation, for the integrity of our judicial system, and that all branches of government are dedicated to the pursuit of the common good and the protection of human dignity and human rights from conception to death natural.

*For the reversal of Roe vs. Wade and Family planning c. Casey in the Supreme Court’s final decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson.

*For the conversion of the hearts and minds of those who advocate for abortion.

*For a new commitment to building an America where children are welcomed, cherished and cared for; where mothers and fathers are encouraged and strengthened; and where marriage and the family are recognized and supported as the true foundations of a healthy and flourishing society.

*For the intercession and guidance of Our Blessed Mother as the Church continues to walk with mothers and families in need, and continues to promote alternatives to abortion, and seeks to create a culture of life .

As Catholics, let us witness to the beautiful gift of life with civility and love, and through our peaceful prayers and compassionate service to all in need.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.