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Thousands march on Denver to Celebrate Life

On Saturday, Jan. 13, thousands took to the streets of Denver and stood up for the dignity of all life, from conception until natural death, at the annual Celebrate Life March.

Editor’s note: If you clicked this link from the Denver Catholic newsletter, it was not our intention to discount the coverage by local media of the Celebrate Life March. The Denver Post wrote two stories about it: 

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/13/denver-celebrate-life-rally-march-abortion/

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/10/denver-march-for-life-abolition/

Prior to the rally, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, while parishes around the archdiocese celebrated Masses of their own before loading into buses and other modes of transportation to head down to join many other pro-life marchers at the State Capitol.

“All of that beauty that we see that surrounds us is not as beautiful as looking on the face of a newborn child,” Archbishop Aquila said. “I invite all of you to celebrate these gifts more fervently and wholeheartedly. To look around you and not to dwell on the darkness that we find ourselves in, but to dwell on the light — the light of Christ.”

Among the speakers at the rally were Dr. Don Sweeting, president of Colorado Christian University. Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic, Rocky Mountain regional coordinator for Students for Life of America Bethany Janzen, and others. This year, the march was led by members of the women’s ministry ENDOW, and also featured Mexican Matachines dancers and a mariachi band.

Denver Catholic was there to capture the occasion.

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (left) and Dr. Don Sweeting, president of Colorado Christian University (right), delivered remarks at the rally before the march. (Photo by Anya Semenoff | A&D Creative)

Over 2,000 people gathered for this year’s Celebrate Life March at the State Capitol. (Photo by Cari Devlin | Denver Catholic)

This year, the march was led by member’s of the women’s ministry ENDOW. (Photo by Cari Devlin | Denver Catholic)

Pro-life advocates of all ages were proud to stand up for the dignity of all life. (Photo by Cari Devlin | Denver Catholic)

A volunteer hands out “I am the pro-life generation” signs to marchers. (Photo byAnya Semenoff | A&D Creative)

A young girl in traditional Mexican garb marches. Matachine dancers livened up and added a welcome stroke of cultural diversity to the march. (Photo by Anya Semenoff | A&D Creative)

Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic opened up the rally and ignited the crowd with excitement. (Photo by Anya Semenoff | A&D Creative)

Some marchers brought their own signs to carry in the march, while others used signs that were provided. Either way, the pro-life message remained the same. (Photo by Brandon Young | Denver Catholic)

ENDOW’s message of “For every woman, for every life” was a key theme of this year’s march. (Photo by Anya Semenoff | A&D Creative)

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