Students march from the cathedral to the Statehouse in Boston as part of the Witness to Life Rally Jan. 22. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe
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SOUTH END -- Even though the blizzard bearing down on the nation's capital forced many to change their plans to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., many still turned out in Boston on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On Jan. 22, youth and school groups rallied at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and marched to the Massachusetts statehouse to show support for the pro-life movement.
Sponsored by the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support's Faith Formation of Youth ministry, the Witness to Life March was planned to show solidarity with those still marching in Washington.
A "birthday party," meant to celebrate life, and ice breaker activities kicked off the day's activities at noon, before Father Matt Williams and Father Paul Soper both offered educational talks to the hundreds of youth and young adults gathered for the event.
Father Williams, in his talk, spoke on the dangers of sin and selfishness using the story of Adam and Eve, as well as God's eternal love for us.
Father Soper showed a video of the different stages of fetal development, and spoke about DNA providing the building blocks for what makes people unique.
He said that although twins have the same DNA, they are still different because God has a plan for each person, even before they are born.
"We were made who we were way before we were ever born, way before we were ever conceived, God held us in that plan," said Father Soper.