Pope Benedict Tweets Support for Pro-Life March for Life

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 25, 2013   |   11:44AM   |   Washington, DC

Pope Benedict XVI this morning encouraged the hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates attending the March for Life by taking to Twitter to announce his support for the pro-life event.

The Pope pledged his support for the March for Life in the United States using his @pontifex Twitter handle.

He said, “I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.” He offered prayers in English and Spanish.

This year’s March for Life is marking the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in all fifty states. Earlier this week, the Holy Father issued his Message for World Communication Day, in which he called on Catholics to be engaged through all forms of social media, especially new media, in spreading the Good News and building up public discourse.