8,000 participants took part in the March for Life in Berlin - Radicals blocked the march and the police were forced to remove them. Pope Francis sent a message to encourage the marchers.
There was a symposium of the Federal Association for the Rights of Life on Friday, to which the chairman Alexandra Maria Linder welcomed around a hundred guests. Prof. Dr. Manfred Spieker spoke about the delicate issue of having children and reproductive medicine.
Gradually, the more than 8,000 participants gathered in the Platz der Republik in front of the Reichstag in Berlin. Alexandra Maria Linder welcomed the participants. Bishop Stefan Oster, Karin Meincke, Leontine Bakermans, Antje Humpert, Maria Grundberger spoke at the rally. Hubert Hüppe and Alexandra Maria Linder submitted five demands to the politicians.
The silent march passed through the city center of Berlin. A small group of radicals were able to penetrate the march and block it. The police had to carry the blockers after several reminders from the street.
Some of the radical women bared their breasts in protest of the March.
The closing service was given by Bishop Hans Jörg Voigt from SELK and Auxiliary Bishop Florian Wörner. Auxiliary Bishop Wörner preached about the healing of the blind man and how people have to open their eyes in our day.
After a blessing , Alexandra invited the crowd to the next march for life and asked everyone to bring somebody new next year so that we would be 16,000.