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CHICAGO, IL (January 11, 2007)—On Friday, January 19, 250 teens, young adults and adults from the Archdiocese of Chicago will travel to Washington D.C. to attend the annual March for Life and related events. The trip begins with a 6 p.m. send off Mass, celebrated by Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, at Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave.

"The March for Life reflects the message that every human being is a precious gift, made in God's image and likeness, to be cherished and protected by all," said Mary-Louise Kurey, Director of the Archdiocese's Respect Life Office. "This pilgrimage is a step forward in transforming our world to this mission of love and message of life."

Cardinal George will have lunch with the Chicago group at 12 p.m. Sunday, January 21 at the John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road, NE in Washington. Following lunch, the Cardinal, and Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, will briefly address and host a question and answer session. Later that evening, at 8 p.m. the Cardinal and the 250 Chicagoans will join thousands of pilgrims from across the U.S. for a vigil Mass for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE in Washington.

At 9 a.m. on Monday, January 22, the Rally for Life will commence at the Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW in Washington. Immediately following, Cardinal George will celebrate Mass for more than 22,000 young Catholics. At 12 noon, the March For Life will commence with hundreds of thousands of Americans processing from the Washington Monument to Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court where they will hold a Silent No More Prayer Vigil on the Supreme Court steps.

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