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CUA Students Explain Pro-Life Motivation Following Archbishop Lori Lecture

The Knights of Columbus at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington,D.C., recently hosted Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore for a lecture on “What it Means to be Pro-Life in Today’s Society,” as was reported.

Archbishop Lori said that Blessed Pope John Paul II, who issued the encyclical The Gospel of Life, “wanted to tell us that gift of human life and dignity is good news – good news that the world wants to hear.”  Archbishop Lori also pointed out how Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have encouraged the pro-life message, with Pope Francis warning against a “throwaway culture,” according to the Catholic Review.

A number of CUA students shared their responses after the lecture, one of whom credited the University with building her “foundation for respecting life.”  The Catholic Review reports:

Nicholas Shields, the grand knight of Catholic University’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus, whose group cosponsored the talk with CUA’s Catholic Daughters of the Americas and its Students for Life group, said, “I hope the take-away for most people is, we need to look at the teachings of our popes and bishops, especially John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of Life.’ We need to really take that to heart, and go forth and evangelize.”…Rather than thinking of the March for Life as a one-day event, people need to celebrate the culture of life every day, Shields said.

Angela Fragale, a CUA freshman from the Bronx studying international business, said her foundation for respecting life was built there at the university, by the encouragement and example of other students. “The March for Life, it took a lot for me to take that step and go,” she said.

Growing up in a family of six children, [Peggy] Stevick [a freshman nursing major] said she attended the March for Life from the time she was pushed along the route in a stroller. Her respect for life, and her choice of a career in nursing, has been especially inspired by the example of her 25-year-old brother Ben, who has Down syndrome.

The Catholic University of America is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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