Great Event of the year of the faith:
Day Celebrating the Evangelium Vitae

15/06/2013 - 16/06/2013 (Save to cal)

Vatican City - St. Peter square  (Vatican State)

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Faithful to Life

This gathering in Rome on June 15 and 16 is so very important. It will offer the opportunity for the faithful from around the world to gather with the Holy Father in a communal witness to the sacred value of all life: The lives of the aged, the lives of the sick, the lives of the dying, the lives of the unborn, the lives of the physically and mentally challenged, and the lives of all those who suffer. In addition, this event will offer the occasion to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who so tenderly and with self-abandonment follow in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd by tending to the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying or who suffer in any way. It is our hope that the number of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square will be so great that all the world will be able to hear from Rome our Church’s choral expression of the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive mission: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (Jn 10:10, Cf. Evangelium Vitae, 1).

On Saturday afternoon, June 15, there will be a pilgrimage down Via della Conciliazione to Pio XII Square, which will conclude with the recitation of the Creed in various languages. On Sunday morning at 10:30, Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Square will be celebrated by the Holy Father.

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N.B. The program below contains the listing of the INTERNATIONAL events for all those participating in the Evangelium Vitae Day. Events to be held in ENGLISH are listed separately.

Saturday, June 15


Catechesis on Evangelium Vitae for Diverse Language Groups—Each will conclude with Holy Mass
In various locations around the City


From 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Apostle Peter

The Organizing Secretariat will communicate to individual groups the particular time at which they are to meet at the fountain on the left side of St. Peter’s Square


Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance
Certain churches close to St. Peter’s will welcome pilgrims for Eucharistic Adoration and the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance.



Candlelight Procession and Prayer Vigil
The procession down Via della Conciliazione to Piazza Pio XII.

Sunday, June 16


Holy Mass celebrated by the Holy Father
St. Peter’s Square

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 The Celebration of Evangelium Vitae: Faithful to Life

Rome, June 15-16, 2013

Events in English


Educational Conference: The Gospel of Life and the New Evangelization

9:00-11:30—Pontificia Università Urbaniana, Via Urbano VIII, 15

“The Gospel of God's love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel, ”Blessed John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae. This Conference will explore the enduring and timeless truths of Blessed John Paul II's 1995 Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, and the central role that the Gospel of Life continues to have in the Church's mission of the New Evangelization.

Keynote Address by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis and current Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.

Panel discussion led by two leading Catholic authors and intellectuals, Francis Beckwith (author and Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Resident Scholar in the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University) and Robert Royal (author and the President of the Faith and Reason Institute, Graduate Dean at the Catholic Distance University). The moderator of the panel will be Douglas Sylva (Senior fellow and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute).

Holy Hour for Life: Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction

12:00-1:00—The church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, Borgo Santo Spirito, 3
Celebrant: His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.