Papal Nuncio to attend Walk for Life West Coast

Pope’s American ambassador honors San Francisco march


Archbishop Vigano

Archbishop Vigano

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio to the United States, will honor the ninth annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 26, organizers have announced. The appointment of Archbishop Viganò was announced on October 19, 2011, a date chosen by the archbishop, because it is the feast of the North American Martyrs.

“What an honor! We are so excited — this is the next best thing to having the Holy Father himself with us!” said Eva Muntean a co-founder of the walk.

The nuncio will join an expected 14 Catholic bishops at the Walk for Life West Coast, led by San Francisco’s new Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone — the largest number ever. Last year’s invocation was given by Father Aris Metrakos, the proto-presbyter of San Francisco’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In 2010 the invocation was given by Frank Lee, coordinator of Asian Americans Pro Life.

The Walk for Life appears to have been a thorn in the side of San Francisco’s pro-abortion political establishment since its beginnings. As Cal Catholic reported on December 12:  “On December 11, 2012 the San Francisco board of supervisors voted 10-0  (with 1 supervisor absent) to declare January 26 to be a celebration of the Roe v. Wade decision, and expressing support for a “Celebration of Women, Life and Liberty” rally to be held at Justin Herman Plaza.”  Cal Catholic further noted  “Since the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is actually on January 22, and January 26 happens to be the date of the city’s Ninth Annual Walk for Life West Coast, the resolution seems targeted more at the Walk for Life than a commemoration of Roe v. Wade.”

The December 21 issue of Catholic San Francisco supplied more details. The archdiocesan paper reported:  “Two city government agencies and Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights are among the sponsors of the Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign event, which will include a walk down Market Street, a petting zoo, food, face painting and balloon art at Justin Herman Plaza, according to the website The San Francisco Department of Public Health and Department on the Status of Women are sponsors, according to”

“An abortion rights rally at the same location last year drew about 80 people, based on reporting and video of the event,” the archdiocesan newspaper noted.

In addition to the Nuncio,  speakers at the 2013 Walk for Life rally include Lacey Buchanan whose YouTube video about her blind son went viral and has touched over 11 million viewers; Elaine Riddick, a woman who was forcibly sterilized at age 14 under orders from North Carolina’s Eugenics Board, whose goal was to purify the state’s population by weeding out the mentally ill, diseased, feebleminded and others deemed undesirable; the Rev. Clenard Childress, the founder and director of, a website designed to reach the African-American Community with the truth about abortion; and Kelly and Matthew Clinger, a post-abortive couple who share their story about the heartache and pain caused by life in the music industry, divorce, addiction, and abortion.

Actress and model Jennifer O’Neill, national spokeswoman for the Silent No More Post-Abortion Awareness Campaign, will also attend, joining the Silent No More program prior to the rally.

Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer. Walk participants are expected from throughout the Bay Area and across the United States and Canada.

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  1. The Catechist in Question says:

    This is blessed news! Everyone should work hard to gather the faithful and attend the Walk for Life.

  2. our parish has pushed this event in many ways: bulletin, announcements, website, facebook and soforth.

    we even hire a bus so people don’t have to drive to the city individually and try to nagvigate traffic and find parking.

    for those who can’t take part in the walk itself due to health they are invited to take part ‘spiritually’ by parying at home or in our chapel, thus linking themselves to the walkers in prayer.

  3. Laurette Elsberry says:

    Here is a great opportunity for those hundreds of Catholics who try to communicate with the Nuncio regarding abuses in their California dioceses but whose letters are NEVER answered or even merely acknowledged. Bring your letters and documentation to the Walk for Life and present them to the Nuncio there.

  4. Dear Laurette,

    I agree—everyone bring a letter for the Nuncio! Make sure he knows how the bishops in CA have deliberately failed the Faithful and abused their vows.

    Our bishops run their own lobby called the California Catholic conference (CCC) in Sacramento. Each bishops puts in hundreds of thousands of dollars—from pew money— to pay the exorbitant salaries of the CCC staff.

    What are the accomplishments of the CCC and its chief lobbyist, Ned Dolesji???— catering to the DEM Left. That’s it.

    Ask Vigano to demand elimination of the CCC!!!!!!

  5. Catherine says:


    And for lack of discipline….


    The following is a list of how the 24 Catholic Senators voted on the Blunt amendment:

    Senator Mark Begich (Alaska, D) – Opposed
    Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska, R) – Supported
    Senator Marco Rubio (Florida, R) – Supported
    Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa, D) – Opposed
    Senator James Risch (Idaho, R) – Supported
    Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois, D) – Opposed
    Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D) – Opposed
    Senator David Vitter (Louisiana, R) – Supported
    Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts, D) – Opposed
    Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D) – Opposed
    Senator Susan Collins (Maine, R) – Supported
    Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D) – Opposed
    Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota, R) – Supported
    Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska, R) – Supported
    Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire, R) – Supported
    Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D) – Opposed
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D) – Opposed
    Senator Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania, D) – Supported
    Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania, R) – Supported
    Senator Jack Reed (Rhode Island, D) – Opposed
    Senator Pat Leahy (Vermont, D) – Opposed
    Senator Maria Cantwell (Washington, D) – Opposed
    Senator Patty Murray (Washington, D) – Opposed
    Senator Joe Manchin III (West Virginia, D) – Supported

    “Faithful Catholics should take the opportunity to thank those Senators supporting our religious liberties,” added Smith. “It is our duty as laity to hold those who did not support our values accountable and vote our conscience when the time comes.”

  6. This year, we are having the first annual San Diego Walk for Life. It is the Saturday before the SF walk and begins at the Prado in Balboa Park at 10 AM. If you are unable to attend the SF walk, please consider attending the San Diego event.

  7. Maryanne Leonard says:

    Why would we want to pester the Nuncio when someone of his stature is honoring us with his presence on the West Coast? The better strategy is to reward someone, even a Papal Nuncio, when he or she does something you had wanted, to reinforce the behavior. Laden him with work he thought he left in his office, and your case will not be looked at through rose colored glasses. He is not likely to return to our golden shores if you essentially tar and feather him, aggressive behavior that is likely to feel to him like we’re running him out of town on a rail.

    • MARYANNE LEONARD, you are sharing very wise words.

      when such a person comes to take part in the WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST, he should be allowed to focus on that important ministry, and thus come away from the experience inspired by the faith, commitment and charity of the walkers.

      later, when he gets back to his office, that is the time to write to him, if people want to.

      • Catherine says:

        max writes…”later, when *he,* ( he has a name just like *Father Karl* has a name) gets back to his office, that is the time to write to him, *if people want to*.” = The silencer of faithful priests on CCD also wants to silence the faithful.”

        Pester? Stature? Tar and feather? = Rebuking the faithful.

        “And they brought to him young children, that he might touch them. And the disciples rebuked them that brought them. [14] Whom when Jesus saw, he was much displeased, and saith to them: Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. [15] Amen I say to you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter into it.”

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with Maryanne Leonard and max. The issue of the Walk for Life is to save children and to end the horror of abortion. It is not the time to give letters to the Apostolic Nuncio concerning the bishops or the Catholic Conference. People who use socially inappropriate means to try to influence others are not taken seriously. They are seen as people who have something wrong with them. Perhaps another opportunity will arise. Pray to God to open the path.

  8. OneoftheSheep says:

    I am pleased and honored that the Papal Nuncio will gather with the Catholic faithful for the West Coast Walk for Life. It is a sign that the Church looks with favor on our embrace of the Culture of Life in California. Praise God!Perhaps those who wish to gather their letters to the Nuncio would be well served by sending them all directly to Laurette’s address. In that manner, the issues could be collected and sent in a bundle to the Papal Nunicio without distracting from the welcome he deserves to receive. He comes in the name of the Lord.

  9. when the PAPAL NUNCIO takes part in the WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST with us, i hope people wil aloow him to do just that.

    i know how distracting it is when you show up for one thing (like when a visiing priest comes to our parish to celebrate MASS) AND people pounce on him just befor ethe procession with all kinds of pamphlets, requests, questions, etc.

    how these visitng priests manage to stay cenetered on the MASS after such an onslaught is beyond me. as a parishioner, i’m luckier and can just close my eyes in thepews, which is a pretty clear message to other (namely: i’m praying. leave me in peace).

  10. A servant of the handmaid says:

    Everyone, the Papal Nuncio is coming for important prolife business. Please pray that the Papal Nuncio will affirm the new heartbeat amendments and life peace zones that are now being introduced into the American society from coast to coast. Ohio is trying to pass the first heartbeat amendment. The California mission cities are now considering a new zoning overlay concept that preserves fatherhood, motherhood and childhood. The Papal Nuncio will be presented with the progress of all of these prolife endeavors. Please continue to talk up life and peace. Thank you … Lay brother Steven Gerard, O.F.S.

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