Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and hundreds of pro-life supporters prayed together for an end to abortion at a Mass for Life at St. Gregory Parish in San Mateo April 10, and again later in the day outside the San Mateo Planned Parenthood clinic.

“During these days after Easter we celebrate the new life God has given us through the resurrection of Christ, His son,” the archbishop said in opening remarks at the Mass held in the parish parking lot. “We come together to pray for and to witness to the sanctity of life, human life that speaks to us of the eternal life God has won for us through the sacrifice of His Son.”

The San Mateo Mass for Life was jointly sponsored by St. Gregory, St. Bartholomew and St. Timothy parishes in San Mateo. The Knights of Columbus provided color guard.

Outside the clinic where those gathered prayed the rosary, the archbishop spoke again of its value in reversing cultural values that contribute to the conscious decision to end a pregnancy.

“The rosary is a very important prayer, and the history of the church has shown that when we pray the rosary, God can work miracles,” he said. “We need the miracle of putting an end to abortion and recreating a culture of life in which every new life is welcome.”

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.