Richmond, Va., Feb 13, 2020 / 18:00 pm
Bishops Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Barry Knestout of Richmond each spoke at events associated with the second annual Virginia March for Life on Thursday, Feb. 13.
The commonwealth's two bishops concelebrated a pre-march Mass, and Burbidge spoke at the rally held immediately before the march.
Knestout, who delivered the homily at the Mass, said that the Virginia March for Life is "a day of prayer and advocacy for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life in Virginia," as well as "a day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person" which were incurred by abortion.
"Today is not just a day to march but also to pray and fast for the recognition and dignity of human life in the Commonwealth," said Knestout. "God fashioned each of us in his own image and we have a dignity that no other beings on earth can claim."
During the homily, Knestout praised the work of pro-life groups and other individuals "who act with compassion and practical help" to assist those who are grieving.