On Sunday, October 13, 2013 in Gdansk, Poland, birthplace of Poland’s famous “Solidarity” union, several thousand people gathered for the fourth March for Life and Family. Each year the march is co-organized by Human Life International Poland.
The march began at the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers who were victims of communism: three giant steel beams affixed with anchors to form crosses.
The special guest was Bertrand Bisch of France, a participant of large marches in defense of marriage and the family in Paris.He called for the active defense of fundamental rights of the family, insisting that every child has a right to a father and mother, not parent one and parent two as some government forms now read.
He warned that in Poland (like a year ago in France) people are already working to destroy the authority of the Church, to weaken its opposition to the destruction of families and implementation of gender ideology.
Those gathered were also addressed by Archbishop Leszek Sławoj Głódź, Metropolitan of Gdansk, who stressed the importance of respect for family values by all, even by public authorities. Anthony Szymanski, a Polish senator in his sixth term of office, presented the official declaration of the March which was adopted by acclamation.
The marchers, chanting and shouting pro-family slogans, arrived at St. Mary’s Basilica walking through the streets of the old town. The march was very joyful. The crowd waved multi-colored banners and flags. Some carried a long strip of cloth on which the document Donum Vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation) was inscribed.
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Video from the march: