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Day for Life

Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. This year's Day for Life in England and Wales falls on 28 July 2013. In Scotland, the Day is celebrated on 31 May. In Ireland, it will be celebrated on 6 October 2013. On this site, you will find this year's theme and topics covered in previous years. You can also read documents, released by the Catholic Church and her bishops on pro-life issues.

culture of life

2013 Message

Some years ago, when celebrating Mass in honour of St Raymond Nonnatus, the Patron Saint of expectant mothers and midwives, Pope Francis spoke simply and bea...Read more


Maria's Story

'Day for Life' is the day in the Catholic Church’s calendar when we celebrate the dignity of the human person – from conception to natural end. For this podc...Read more

annual themes

DFL Themes

Day for Life has covered a wide range of themes since its inception. From abortion, disability and suicide to mental health and well being, the mystery of de... Read more


Pope Francis sends 'Day for Life' message to UK and Irish Catholics

In a special message to Catholics across Britain and Ireland for the annual Day for Life, Pope Francis has emphasised the need to care for life from conception to natural end. He says that all life has inestimable value ‘even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect’.

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