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World Meeting of Families Remarks

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

September 23, 2015

Dear friends, as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, please allow me to say, “be encouraged as you continue to preserve true human rights and fundamental freedoms; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Today we gather at the World Meeting of Families to proclaim that the family is a cornerstone of our society. Yet as we gather together, that cornerstone is being chipped away by forces that want to destroy our communities; that want to destroy our families and our very lives.

Yes, today we are witnessing attempts to distort the meaning of human rights in order to advance an evil agenda; one that is authored by the father of confusion and lies.

This agenda destroys life, family and communities.

We must resist this agenda with all our might. We must not fall for the deceptions of the anti-procreation agenda; rather we must continue to expose their lies and affirm the truth that God made us all equal as human beings; understanding that all behaviors do not have equivalent worth and outcomes.

It is urgent that we stand as a united people in defending the beauty and future of the natural family and the beauty and innocence of all our children. Too many young lives have been lost to child abuse, abortion and the sickening trade of selling aborted baby parts. Please do not participate in this evil and risk the Lord’s great and coming wrath.

I urge you to defend the integrity of just laws and remember as my Uncle Rev. MLK said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

My Uncle ML, my father Rev. AD King, and my grandfather Daddy King were all prolife during their lifetimes. They didn’t believe that abortion was a civil right. They would never have agreed that abortion and carcinogenic birth control methods are health care. They never discovered the hidden agenda of death birthed by Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. They also refused to associate the anti- natural life and marriage agenda with the civil rights movement.

We have always been a strong family. Granddaddy convinced my mother not to abort me in 1950. Abortion was illegal back then. Two decades later, after the deaths of my Daddy and Uncle, when abortion was becoming legal in America, I suffered two secret abortions and s miscarriage. In the mid 1970’s, Granddaddy once again stepped in and convinced me not to abort another baby. I once was blind and now I see.

My family bloodline has had a Christian world view for generations. As an example of this, Uncle ML clung to the scriptures and refused to acknowledge human sexuality and abortion rights as issues that needed to be addressed on the public platform where the battle for skin color equity was being engaged.

Whereas on the other hand, today I’m sure that they would agree that the sanctity of life is part of the civil rights public platform because LIFE is a human right. And as such, we must fight to protect all lives because God’s love matters.

In my recent open letter welcoming Pope Francis to America, I asked if the lion can lie down with the lamb? I believe this can happen when as my uncle Rev. MLK said, we must all “learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.” Yet we have a ways to go before we get there.

I work towards this goal at Priests for Life, in my work with AAO, informing, educating and activating the Black community, spreading the message that abortion ends a human life. Abortion is harmful to the mother, father, the family and the community. This truth is paramount because many do not know that Blacks are being aborted at disproportionate rates compared with all other people groups.

Further, as a global spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, I share how the loss of my two aborted babies and a miscarriage caused by abortion related damages to my body has affected me. My children lost three siblings to abortion. My mother has three less grandchildren to love. Society has lost three contributions to the fields of maybe medicine, or science, or education and business, or perhaps even the next great president. Only God knows for sure.

Yet faith, hope and love remain. At Rachel’s Vineyard, where I received my own post abortion healing, offers God’s love and forgiveness to all who repent and ask for his mercy. No one needs to suffer alone. With over 55 million abortions since 1973, Rachel’s Vineyard has thousands of men and women to heal from abortion’s scars.

Abortion shockwaves have been felt across every area of our lives. Abortion has touched many families in one way or another. Abortion is not just a choice between a mother and her doctor but a choice that affects all families and society as a whole.

In the 20th century my uncle said that “America will not reject racism until America sees racism.” In the 21st century Fr. Frank Pavone says that “America will not reject abortion until America see abortion.” I agree.

We know that America is beginning to see abortion in all it’s evils. Thanks to the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s and other human harvesting agents’ horrific atrocities against the most innocent, vulnerable members of our human family, the time is right to stand up for life, to demand accountability, and to demand that our governments stop supporting abortion and its byproducts.

My friends all human beings are born into a world of sin. Yet, we can all be transformed by being born again. Yes, we are in challenging times, and difficulties still lie ahead but we have a sovereign Lord who is the victor and is Truth.

Dear friends, as we wage this battle to uphold the safety and sustainability of the human family, I urge you to stand for God’s truth, to live by God’s truth and pursue this Truth in all areas of life.

I hope that you enjoyed the trailer for my latest book, King Rules, which you saw in the beginning. I now want you to enjoy a preview of a song I co-produced, PRAY for AMERICA. As you watch, I encourage you to sing along and to remember to pray for our leaders, pray for those fighting to preserve the lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the human family as God designed it. Pray for our nation, our people and our world.

God bless you all.

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Pro-Life International Symposium at World Meeting of Families

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


September 23, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma

PHILADELPHIA – As part of the World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and a coalition of pro-life leaders will host a Pro-Life International Symposium at 6 p.m. tonight – Wednesday, Sept. 23 – in the Grand Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The symposium is free and open to the general public, as well as World Meeting attendees.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, a co-sponsor of the event, answers questions about the event and its place on the World Meeting of Families schedule.

Q. Why is it important to have a symposium on abortion at the World Meeting of Families?

Father Pavone: As we used to say when I worked at the Pontifical Council for the Family and as we organized the World Meeting of Families back in 1997, “There can be no life without family and there can be no family without life.”

The connection between the theme of family and the theme of protecting life is inseparable. The family is “the sanctuary of life,” and, in fact, Pope St. John Paul II indicated in “The Gospel of Life” that the fact that abortion is committed by one family member upon another is one of the things that makes it particularly serious.

The theme of this World Meeting of Families is, “Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” The symposium will emphasize that the family can be fully alive only if all its members are protected, including the children in the womb.

Moreover, the family can be fully alive only if it is healed of the wounds of abortion, which is more destructive of family life and relationships than anything else. For these reasons, a symposium on abortion is not only important, but essential, especially given the fact that many in society and in the Church want to ignore the abortion issue.

Q. How did this conference come about?

Father Pavone: Over a year ago, I asked some 70 leaders in the pro-life movement to sign a letter that we sent to Pope Francis, to the Pontifical Council for the Family, and to Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia, expressing our support for the World Meeting of Families. In response, the planning committee of the World Meeting of Families, with the support of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, gave us this Wednesday night time slot to hold an International Pro-life Symposium.

Then, many of the leaders signed on to another letter inviting people to come to it.

Q. The people who are attending the World Meeting are, for the most part, devout Catholics. Do you worry you will be preaching to the choir?

Father Pavone: It is precisely because so many of the participants are part of “the choir” that we need to speak to them about this. The choir always needs choir practice. The troops always need encouragement, and there is much encouraging news to report in the battle against abortion. Our symposium will be a celebration of life and family for those already committed to defending them, rather than an event aimed to convert those who are not already convinced.

Q. What are you hoping people will take away from the symposium?

Father Pavone: There are still some pro-life activists who ask me whether Pope Francis sees fighting abortion as a priority for the Church. My hope is that this symposium will reassure them that nothing has changed, either in the mind of the Pope or the Church, regarding the urgent priority of protecting the most vulnerable children. In fact, protecting the poor, weak, vulnerable and marginalized is precisely at the heart of the spirituality and priorities of Pope Francis.

Moreover, I want the participants of this symposium to be encouraged in their own involvement in the pro-life movement, and to find in the symposium some new tools and strategies to implement, and some new relationships with other pro-life activists from other parts of the country and the world.

Q. Are babies and children welcome?

Father Pavone: I suspect there will be few places in the world where, on that night, babies and children will be more welcome than in our Pro-life Symposium!

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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Pro-life Themes on the Silver Screen

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


Date: September 15, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma

Speakers at World Meeting of Families Pro-Life International Symposium will highlight the value of family-friendly films.

PHILADELPIA — The culture of death has been winning at the box office for decades, but that is changing. Two of the speakers at next week’s Pro-Life International Symposium at the World Meeting of Families are in the vanguard of a growing movement working to spread a pro-life message on the silver screen.

Eduardo Verastegui, producer of 2007’s Bella and this year’s Little Boy, and Kathy DiFiore, whose work to hope homeless pregnant women was the inspiration for 2013’s Gimme Shelter, will be among the dynamic pro-life leaders who will headline the free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Verastegui , who grew up in northern Mexico, had a successful career that traded on his good looks. He sang in a boy band, acted in a Spanish-language soap opera and performed in a steamy Jennifer Lopez music video. But when a young woman he hired to help him improve his English began speaking to him about God and the road he was traveling, he had a change of heart.

“I realized I was using my talent in a very selfish way,” Verastegui told Christian Broadcasting Network in a 2007 interview. “In my opinion, I was poisoning our society with the projects I was involved with. “

He made a decision to accept only roles that elevated human dignity, and went four years without a job. Finally, he and some friends founded a film production company called Metanoia that produced the overtly pro-life Bella, winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “People’s Choice” award, and the pro-family Little Boy, which critics panned for its religious overtones but audiences loved. Verastegui also acted in both films.

Ms. DiFiore didn’t have Hollywood in mind when she first opened her home to pregnant women in crisis but her success in changing women’s lives and saving their babies at her Several Sources Shelters for more than 30 years attracted the attention of writer and film director Ron Krauss, who told the Houston Chronicle that Gimme Shelter “deals with some of the most life-changing and affirming things we can imagine: A mother and her child.”

At the Pro-Life International Symposium, Ms. DiFiore will announce details of a second film, currently in production, that was inspired by her work.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion, also will speak at the event, which is an official World Meeting of Families gathering but is also open to the general public.

“The fact that abortion, and alternatives to abortion, are being brought to the big screen is a very positive development that was a long time coming,” Father Pavone said. “So many millions of women have been wounded by choosing abortion and no matter how warmly it is embraced by the entertainment industry, abortion is always the worst possible option. Films like Bella and Gimme Shelter highlight the fact that no matter how dire the circumstances seem, there is always a better choice.

“Families attending the World Meeting will be uplifted by Eduardo’s message and Kathy’s work. I hope everyone will make time for this vital symposium.”

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Pro-Life International Symposium At World Meeting Of Families Is Open To All

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015



Date: September 9, 2015

Contact: Leslie Palma


Speakers to include Eduardo Verástegui, producer of “Bella” and “Little Boy”

PHILADELPHIA — Can you find the common thread in this group?

The “Brad Pitt of Mexico.”

A charismatic international pro-life leader and author.

The woman whose life’s work inspired a Hollywood movie.

The niece of the nation’s most revered civil rights leader.

A member of the nation’s fastest-growing voting bloc.

A Catholic journalist/author/TV and radio host.

All six will headline the Pro-Life Symposium at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The symposium will take place from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The symposium is free and open to the general public, as well as World Meeting attendees.

Addressing the international, multicultural audience will be:

  • Eduard Verástegui , an actor and producer who turned his back on stardom to concentrate on projects – including the movies “Bella” and “Little Boy” — that reflect his Catholic faith.
  • Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and author of Abolishing Abortion a new manifesto for the pro-life movement.
  • Kathy DiFiore, whose decision to devote her life to pregnant women in crisis was the basis of the Hollywood film “Gimme Shelter.”
  • Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. whose work as director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life has galvanized the African-American pro-life community.
  • Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Director of Hispanics for Life and executive director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services.
  • Teresa Tomeo, a best-selling author and radio host whose “Catholic Connection” reaches millions of listeners five days a week. Ms. Tomeo will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the symposium.

“The theme of this year’s World Meeting of Families is ‘Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” Father Pavone said, “but the family can be fully alive only if all its members are protected, including the youngest children. Nothing is more destructive of the family than abortion, and every member of the family feels its devastating effects. It is time to proclaim the need for full protection of the children and healing of the whole family. That’s why we felt it was so important to include this pro-life event in the World Meeting schedule.”

Tickets are not required for the event and even those not registered for the World Meeting are welcome. For more information, directions and a schedule of speakers, go to

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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