On October 2, 2011, hundreds of participants from Catholic schools, parishes, and organizations participated in the annual Archdiocesan Walk for Life. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna, Guam’s Catholics gathered with placards, banners, and rosaries to make a statement in defense of life on Guam.
MC Katy Sgro moderated the early events on the dais in Skinner Plaza, which featured musical presentations in addition to an address by Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., DD. His Excellency stressed the requirement for the faithful to defend life from conception to natural death, including the great need to proclaim the Culture of Life on Guam.
After the address, students, adults, seminarians, and others walked the route of the Walk for Life in prayer and in song to raise awareness of the pressing cause of the defense of life, particularly the unborn.
This year’s Walk for Life comes as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a Call to Action for all Catholics in the United States to contact their congressional representatives in writing, expressing concern over passage H.R. 1179. This bill, at present in committee in the House of Representatives, would offer protection for entities—such as Catholic hospitals and other religiously affiliated organizations—from being required to offer birth control /abortifacient through the insurance they provide to employees. Without this protection, many Catholic and other religious entities would be mandated by governmental edict to offer insurance coverage for intrinsically evil acts.
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, who represents Guam in the House of Representatives, was honored at by Sgro at the Walk for Life, noting that the Congresswoman’s support is an encouragement for the people of Guam to continue their fight to protect the unborn.
Photos courtesy of Rebecca J. Respicio and U Matuna staff.