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Lukewarm reception for Day for Life

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the pro-life group, Helpers of God's Precious Infants, they will walk to the Marie Stopes Centm at Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

The walkers will recite the new Mysteries of Light of the Holy Rosary and will carry an image of Our Lady of Guadelupe, panon of the unborn.

Bishop McMahon told The Catholic Herald he supported the procession because of its focus on prayer rather than protest. "It speaks of the value and importance of life and the Church is one of the fundamental protectors of life. I was asked if I would be willing to join and I said yes."

He said there were different ways of promoting the life cause.

"At this time I felt it was appropriate for me to be there. I'm prepared to be part of this because of the approach they take — a silent, powerful witness as opposed to an aggressive witness."

Fr Fidelis said the bishop's presence would he a significant "witness of faith" for Catholics in this country.

"The Helpers of God's Precious Infants look to the

bishop as the shepherd who leads us in prayer. I hope his lead will be followed by other bishops.

"I think there is a mindset out there that has to be overcome by publicly witnessing to our pro-life beliefs. This Year of the Rosary is a good time to have this happen."

He continued, "Many people talk about the way negative things happen in the US, but this organisation has its roots in America."

The vigil has the support of the Good Counsel Network which offers practical help and resources to women, and will commence with Mass at Trinity Catholic High School in Woodford Green, Essex. The procession will then make its way to the Marie Stopes Centre where the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary will be said.

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