Archbishop Smith, together with his brother bishops of Alberta and the NWT, have issued an invitation to everyone to join them at the 2018 Alberta March for Life in Edmonton on Thursday, May 10.

"As Catholics we know that every human life, from fertilization to natural death, is a precious gift," the Bishops write in their letter of invitation. "We are committed to protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable. We are committed to offering mercy, comfort and love to those who suffer, not murder (cf. Ex 20:13; Mt 19:18).

"We are also called to proclaim the Gospel message of life and love, through word and witness, to the world. One way to do this is by joining the Bishops of Alberta at the annual March for Life on Thursday, May 10. We invite you to pray with us at the Mass for Life at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Basilica in Edmonton. Following the celebration of the Eucharist, we will gather at 12 noon in front of the Alberta Legislature to hear some inspiring speakers before marching downtown. A special invitation is extended to our Catholic teachers and students.

"We hope you will journey with us on May 10th in support of the sanctity of all human life. May God bless you in your witness."

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