Reacting to the pro-abortion agenda being pushed on Ireland, 30,000 pro-life advocates gathered Sunday, Nov. 26 to pray for the future of the pro-life country.
The Church Militant reports Catholics met at about 300 coastal locations across the country for the Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith, an event to pray for Ireland as abortion activists pressure it to legalize abortion.
Ireland’s Eighth Amendment protects unborn babies’ right to life. However, abortion activists and some of the world’s richest men have been pushing the pro-life country to repeal the amendment and legalize abortion on demand.
“We are all united in praying today for the protection of Life, from conception to natural death, the 8th Amendment, and the preservation and increase in the Faith in Ireland,” the organizers said in a statement. “May Christ The King watch over all traveling to and from Rosary locations, and shower down and abundance of graces and blessings upon us all.”
Here’s more from the report:
Sunday’s weather forecast was very harsh, but the organizers of coastal Rosary say the weather cleared up for a few hours in the afternoon — just in time for Rosary at afternoon.
Organizers were stunned by the huge turnout, especially considering the bad weather. They told Church Militant in an email Tuesday, “The turnout was incredible.” …
Sunday was also the vigil of the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Therefore, participants buried Miraculous Medals on the Irish coasts “to form a ‘hedge of protection’ around Ireland,” according to Monday’s press release.
The event also took place on the Feast of Christ the King. According to the National Catholic Register, the day is significant because “in 1946, Ireland became the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King. The Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith prayer program includes a renewal of this historic consecration.”
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Kathy Sinnott, one of the organizers, told the Register that the mainstream media may push abortion on the Irish people, but “we have our prayers.”
“Long before the media was invented, when you wanted something, you prayed,” Sinnott said. “We’re going over [the media’s] heads. We’re going with our mother, our Queen, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and she’s taking us to Jesus Christ the King. And we’re going to ask for those miracles and we’re going to trust that we’re being heard.”
Some of Ireland’s top politicians are pushing abortion, too. In September, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that a referendum vote on abortion will be held in May or June of 2018.
The vote is scheduled just prior to Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. Abortion activists are afraid that the Catholic leader’s visit could influence voters to support unborn babies’ right to life.
Legalizing abortion in Ireland will cause more women and children to suffer and die. Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion in Ireland.
Polls indicate Irish voters do not want abortion on demand. A recent poll by the Irish Times/Iposos MRBI found that just 24 percent of voters said they would support a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion for any reason up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.