Archdiocesan Right to Life Holy Mass and Rally, 26th March, 2011

Archbishop Buti Thlagale concelebrated Holy Mass with 12 priests and a deacon at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Saturday, 26th March. This was preceded by the rosary for life and followed by a numbers of speakers.

A couple shared their very moving account of the abortion they had before they were married (at 17 years of age), the pain and destruction they experienced in the subsequent marriage, the effects on their other children and their eventual return to the church and healing through the Divine Mercy.
Bongiwe Khumalo and other representatives from the Archdiocesan Youth Department followed with their input and poetry.
Rachel More, Deputy Minister of Culture and Art and National President of the Catholic Women’s Association, presented her well researched talk on abortion. Her graphic descriptions and moving letters from the unborn and the post abortive parent left the congregation with a clear picture of the reality of abortion.
Shelley Joseph gave a power point presentation showing the development of the unborn from conception to birth, graphic pictures of the various procedures used for abortion and the work of the Culture of Life Campaign inviting the congregation to become involved where they are able.
Finally Damian Mcleish gave a short input on what is called contraception, but in reality is chemically induced abortion.
The morning ended with benediction, before the congregation visited the hall where a display of interest tables was available for more information and the opportunity to sign up and get involved in the various aspects of the culture of life.
The committee extend their heartfelt appreciation to all who gave of their time and talents to make the occasion the success it was.
P.S. The archbishop’s homily will be made available in due time.
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