On a breezy and cold Washington, DC day, I, and many thousands of others, took to the streets of the Capital city to stand up for the dignity of human life. Each year, I marvel at the crowd’s joyful and friendly nature. Where else can you find a protest that includes babies in strollers, religious men and women in habits, and a seemingly endless stream of high school students from across the country?

The day includes Masses across the city, as well as a Youth Rally and Mass at the Verizon Center (where the Wizards and Capitals play at home) and at the DC Armory (where the beautiful and thoughtful homily was presented by St. Jerome graduate, Fr. Shaun Foggo). These venues are packed to the rafters with families, schools, and parish youth groups from all over the nation. The concourses, where hot dogs and French fries are usually sold, are converted to confessionals as dozens of local priests arrive early to provide the healing and mercy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Washington organizes these events and does so with the intention of inspiring the young who truly are, as their signs indicated, “the Pro-Life Generation”.

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