More than 12,000 Catholics pray for Nancy Pelosi to change her mind about abortion

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WASHINGTON (CNS) – Nearly 12,200 people from the Archdiocese of San Francisco have joined the “Rose and Rosary for Nancy” campaign launched by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to urge prayers for a “change of heart” for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Abortion.

The California Democrat, a Catholic who supports legal abortion, represents the 12th congressional district of California, located entirely in San Francisco.

Participants joined the campaign by signing a petition on BenedictInstitute.org, and for each signatory, a rose was sent to Pelosi’s office as a symbol of their “prayers and sacrifices”.

Almost 12,200 people from the Archdiocese of San Francisco joined the “Rose and Rosary for Nancy” campaign launched by Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.

“This is a critical time in our country where we especially need to pray for our political leaders as we see our country moving more and more towards the culture of death,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a new video advertisement. YouTube calling for more Catholics and other people of good will to join the campaign.

“Our leadership is very important, so I invite you all to join me in prayer and sacrifice for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from here to San Francisco,” he added.

The rose is a symbol of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the “little flower”, and of Mary, the “mystical rose”, noted Archbishop Cordileone.

“The roses have been called ‘the signature’ of Saint Teresa, a sign that the petitioner’s prayer has been heard,” he said in an earlier statement. “At this particular moment in the history of our nation, we need more than ever the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Saint Thérèse and all the other saints who have shown us the path of life.”

“I ask Catholics to commit to praying and fasting for the conversion of the hearts of members of Congress,” said the Archbishop.

“I ask Catholics to commit to praying and fasting for the conversion of the hearts of members of Congress,” the archbishop said in the announcements. The Benedict XVI Institute, which is coordinating the effort, has committed $ 50,000 for a nationwide marketing campaign using digital and radio advertisements, including on relevant radio.

“I ask Catholics to commit to praying and fasting for the conversion of the hearts of members of Congress,” the archbishop said in the announcements.

What motivated the campaign was Pelosi’s leadership on the Women’s Health Protection Act, or HR 3755, passed by the House in a vote by 218-211 on September 24.

It codifies the Roe v. Wade of 1973 from the United States Supreme Court which legalizes abortion nationwide. The measure establishes the legal right to abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states under federal law.

What motivated the campaign was Pelosi’s leadership on the Women’s Health Protection Act, or HR 3755, passed by the House in a vote by 218-211 on September 24.

To become law, the Senate would have to pass its version of the measure and then it would go to President Joe Biden for his signature.

“A conversion of the hearts of the majority of our representatives in Congress is needed on this issue, starting with House Leader, Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Archbishop Cordileone said in a September 29 statement.

Ahead of the House vote on HR 3755, Archbishop Cordileone called the measure “nothing less than the sacrifice of children.”

At a press conference on September 23, Pelosi defended his actions against abortion.

“It’s not our business how other people choose their family size and timing,” she said in response to a question from Erik Rosales, Capitol Hill correspondent for EWTN News Nightly.

Ahead of the House vote on HR 3755, Archbishop Cordileone called the measure “nothing less than the sacrifice of children.”

She said that she and Archbishop Cordileone “had a disagreement over who should decide this. I believe God has given us agency to honor our responsibilities.

On October 9, Pelosi had a private meeting with the Pope; she was in Rome to speak at a meeting of lawmakers from around the world in preparation for the United Nations climate summit.

The Vatican released photos of Pelosi’s meeting with the Pope, but did not provide any details about the meeting, which took place before Pope Francis addressed the pre-COP26 parliamentary meeting.

“It was a spiritual, personal and official honor to have an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning,” Pelosi said in a statement. “His Holiness’s leadership is a source of joy and hope for Catholics and for all peoples, challenging each of us to be good stewards of God’s creation, to act on the climate, ’embrace refugees, immigrants and the poor, and recognize the dignity and divinity in each.

She said that she and Archbishop Cordileone “had a disagreement over who should decide this. I believe God has given us agency to honor our responsibilities.

At least one commentator has speculated that Pope Francis has changed his mind about the church’s teaching on abortion: the host of Newsmax TV’s “Chris Salcedo Show”, according to an article from the Catholic News Agency.

But as CNA reported, Archbishop Cordileone urged “some caution in jumping to this conclusion” and noted that Pope Francis, like the popes before him, meets with all kinds of political leaders.

When he launched the Rosary and Fasting Campaign for Pelosi, Archbishop Cordileone noted that the MP “speaks fondly” of her five children; she also has nine grandchildren.

“She clearly has a motherly heart,” Archbishop Cordileone said. “Pope Francis called abortion murder, the equivalent of hiring a hit man to solve a problem. The solution to a woman in crisis of pregnancy is not violence but love.

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