Bishop John Wilson, auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, attended the annual ‘March for Life’ that took place in the capital on Saturday, 5 May.
Thousands of people, who gathered to support the beauty and dignity of life in all its forms, marched the half mile from Covent Garden to Parliament Square.
Bishop Wilson gave the opening address and spoke afterwards of the need to build a ‘civilisation of love’.
“This is a wonderful moment for the pro-life cause as it’s witnessing to the beauty of life in all its forms – from first beginnings to natural end; supporting all those who face difficult decisions around life, around suffering. Standing by them, ‘accompanying’ them, that wonderful word that Pope Francis uses so often, and in his words, working to build up a culture and a civilisation of love which doesn’t see life as something disposable – a throwaway culture – but that sees every life is a gift from God to be cherished and nurtured.
“It’s important that we give witness to the dignity of human life. The voice for life is something we want to raise, respectfully and always in terms of the law of our country, to speak out for those who have no voice. To be visible and to help people consider the important questions at stake in the issues of life and death…
“In these days, as we’re between Easter and Pentecost, we’re asking for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit so please pray that the Holy Spirit will move hearts and minds to be more respectful of God’s creation and each human life within it.”