Romania and Moldova, March 27, 2023
Thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians and others participated in pro-life marches throughout Romanian and Moldova over the weekend.
The marches held on Saturday, coinciding with the new calendar feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos, were the culmination of the 13th annual Month for Life.
More than 1,000 localities participated in the Month for Life this year, reports the Basilica News Agency.
“Everything we do today will lead to results for another generation, for the children of today’s generations, for the children of these children. Someday, abortion will become unthinkable,” said Teodora Diana Paul, president of Students for Life Bucharest, reflecting on the theme of this year’s march, “The Future is Pro-Life.”
“Perhaps it’s a moral duty, because we have an extremely sad past with regard to children who couldn’t be born, a past that continues, inertially, into the present. But we do what we do not only to redeem an evil, but above all to propose a good, for the future,” Paul added.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania issued a blessing and pro-life message on the eve of the March, saying:
Although today’s society is experiencing a crisis of birth and family, this crisis cannot be stronger than the blessing of God the Creator, Who told the first family, Adam and Eve: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it! (Gen. 1:28). In Jesus Christ, the birth of infants is God’s blessing given to humanity, not only to rule the earth, but also to acquire the Kingdom of heaven. Thus, the gift of earthly life is also a call to eternal Heavenly life in the Kingdom of God.
Other hierarchs also made pro-life statements for their local marches.
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