Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated a Mass this morning to give thanks to God for the gift of human life at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland on the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion, as the Diocese observed a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children.
The special Mass drew students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties as more than 650, along with other supporters, crammed into the Cathedral, many having to stand.
In his sermon, The Reverend Doug Brown of Mary Queen of Peace parish in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood told the young people that politicians and other leaders are not willing to end the tragedy of abortion in this country. He said that it is through “the power of prayer” that the end can be accomplished, citing the efforts in his parish where eventually an abortion clinic closed.
Following the Mass, many of the students remained in order to pray the “Rosary for Life.”
From the Diocese of Cleveland’s website, updated January 26th.