US Bishops Announce Start of Novena Prayer for Life on January 19 with Day of Prayer for Unborn Children on January 22
USCCB Release: 9 Days for Life Unites Catholics Nationwide in Prayer for the Protection of Life
WASHINGTON - Catholics nationwide are preparing to pray 9 Days for Life, the annual pro-life novena beginning this year on January 19.
In the Catholic Church, a ‘novena’ consists of prayers or actions over nine successive days. This pro-life novena is an opportunity for recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States.
Sponsored by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 9 Days for Life began in 2013 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. This is the tenth year the novena is taking place.