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On the eve of the annual March for Life, hundreds of Catholics gathered at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray that our country respect life. The theme for this year's March was "The Power of One." Cardinal Timothy Dolan, celebrant and homilist for the vigil, spoke about this theme. He asked us: why should it shock us that a society that violates the sanctuary of a mother's womb would also violate the sanctuary of God's creation or the sanctuary sought after by migrants and refugees? 

All life, he reminds us, is connected. All life is sacred. All life is one.

This prayer, the prayer evoking "The Power of One," was taken to the streets the next day at the March itself. As America Correspondent Teresa Donnellan reported, "marchers of all ages from across the country represented an array of pro-life perspectives." Yet they were all united. Catholic Climate Covenant joined the thousands marching (including Franciscan Action Network and Pax Christi DC) to say no to a throwaway culture. Because this culture, as Pope Francis says, causes widespread degradation of the natural environment and disregard for human life; it places no value on the needs of others. 

As Pope Francis teaches us, we are called to "respect each of God's creatures and respect the environment in which we live. To protect people, to show loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about." 

We are all called to be protectors of God's gifts! 

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