Pope Francis out for a spin … and a March for Life in Rome

Did you see this?

From CNA:

Vatican City, May 13, 2013 / 08:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-lifers who had just finished the third annual Italian March for Life on Sunday were surprised to see Pope Francis coming toward them in the popemobile.

“It was a great joy for us because we didn’t expect this at all, we just expected his message,” said March for Life organizer Virginia Coda Nunziante.

“It was extraordinary because I met the people who unexpectedly saw him coming,” she told CNA on May 13.

The popemobile brought the Pope down the first block of Via della Conciliazione after he finished his first canonization Mass and the weekly Regina Caeli prayer on Sunday.

May 12 was also the day that around 20,000 pro-lifers from Italy and beyond converged on Rome to defend the unborn and call for an end to abortion in the country.

Their route took them from the Coliseum to Castel Sant’ Angelo, which sits on the end of Via della Conciliazione. A large number of the pro-lifers then continued down the street to be present for Pope Francis reciting the Regina Caeli.

Before praying the Marian prayer, the Pope acknowledged the presence of the group.

“I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception,” he said.

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11 Responses to Pope Francis out for a spin … and a March for Life in Rome

  1. Devo35 says:

    Pope Francis. BAM! Hat tip to Michael Voris.

  2. anna 6 says:

    Good for him! You go Pope Francis!!

    (Although I would love to have heard the reaction of Vatican security and the Italian police…Mama mia!!)

  3. ReginaMarie says:

    Wonderful! And I thought it was pretty awesome when Pope Benedict XVI tweeted his support to pro-lifers in DC earlier this year for the March for Life!

  4. DisturbedMary says:

    A pope tweeter and a pope greeter. YES!

    Holy Father Francis is a priest of watch what I do. I’m more and more fascinated by him every day.

  5. Jean Marie says:

    I think my favorite American Cardinal was also taking part in the march – Cardinal Raymond Burke. Praise God!

  6. wanda says:

    Yippee! Habemus Papam! Thank you, Holy Father!

  7. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Well, he could always tell the security guys but still not tell the March for Life folks.

  8. Muv says:

    Totally wonderful.

    This morning when I was reading about the Martyrs of Otranto being hacked to pieces I immediately thought of the unborn children who are killed this way. Then to hear that the Pope goes from the Canonisation Mass of the Otranto Martyrs and greets participants from the March for Life later on the same day…

  9. Max Hernandez says:

    I happened to be in Rome for the first Roman March for Life last year. It was a very moving experience, not nearly as busy at DC, but it was fun to have the mayor of Rome in attendance.

    Many prayers to my Archbishop Emeritus, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, the only bishop I saw there: an American shows up the Italian clergy.

  10. Random Friar says:

    My dearest Holy Father:

    Please come to our March for Life in the United States! It will be about the only way we will be able to get more than a one paragraph story buried on page B27, under the story of Grandma Marge’s secret to prize-winning squashes.

  11. Jack Regan says:

    These Marches for Life are such a great sign of hope. Apparently, there has just been a great one in Canada..?