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Thousands join March for Life in Berlin

March for Life in Berlin, Sept. 17, 2022 / EWTN.TV YouTube Channel (Screenshot)

CNA Newsroom, Sep 20, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA).

Around 4,000 participants took part in the March for Life in the German capital on Saturday in support of the right to life for all people from conception to natural death.

“Like every year, the event was peaceful and joyful on the part of the participants,” the organizer, the Federal Association for the Right to Life, said, according to a report by CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg told EWTN.TVs Anna Diouf that he took part every year simply to raise his voice for the right of the unborn.

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer speaking to EWTN Germany's Anna Diouf at the March for Life for Berlin, Sept. 17, 2022. Screenshot / EWTN.TV YouTube channel
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer speaking to EWTN Germany's Anna Diouf at the March for Life for Berlin, Sept. 17, 2022. Screenshot / EWTN.TV YouTube channel

“This is not simply a matter for those among us who are Christians,” the Bavarian bishop said on Sept. 17. He described the right to life as a constitutional right and a good that is worth defending by everyone, not only Catholics.

An ecumenical celebration followed the march through central Berlin. The service was led by the vicar bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany, Emmanuel Sfiatkos, and Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Maria Renz from the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

Musical performances at the Brandenburg Gate and numerous speeches were part of the program. Parliamentarian Hubert Hüppe of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) referred to many different threats to people before and after birth, including selective forms of prenatal diagnostics and the legalization of assisted suicide.

“The right to life is the most important fundamental right,” the politician said. “If you don’t have that, you are left with nothing.”

Midwife Sarah Göbel stressed that most women under pressure and considering an abortion would like to have their child in a self-determined way but are put under massive strain. Women need sensitive accompaniment “so that they can develop their great potential,” Göbel said.

The next March for Life in Berlin will take place on Sept. 23, 2023.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski prays at mass grave in Ukraine

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 29, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Rome Newsroom, Sep 20, 2022 / 04:58 am (CNA).

A Vatican envoy in Ukraine prayed in silence at the recently discovered mass grave in Izium on Monday while forensic experts in white protective suits exhumed bodies, at least 146 so far.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said during his visit to the grave site on Sept. 19 that “seeing so many [dead] in one area is a difficult thing … to explain.”

“The words of Sacred Scripture came to mind that evil must always be overcome with good,” he told Vatican News.

Krajewski visited Izium in northeastern Ukraine two days after he was shot at as he delivered humanitarian aid near the city of Zaporizhzhia. He was not injured in the incident.

It is the Polish cardinal’s fourth trip to Ukraine since the start of the war. Pope Francis sent the cardinal as his personal representative to “be with the people who are suffering.”

Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine, said that Krajewski gives away rosaries wherever he goes in war-torn Ukraine, including at security checkpoints.

The Ukrainian bishop, who visited the mass grave with Krajewski, told ANSA that “there was a very strong stench” at the site, where they witnessed bodies dug up without legs. 

Honcharuk said that they also visited a police station where he said that people were kept in “terrible conditions: cold, humid, dark, dirty, completely inhumane” during the Russian’s six-month occupation of the area. 

Reuters has reported that 146 bodies, mostly civilians including two children, have been exhumed so far in Izium at the makeshift gravesites marked by wooden crosses.

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