Bishop Robert J. Cunningham offered the following statement as U.S. Catholics prepared to observe October’s Respect Life Month:

“As we begin the month of October, Catholics will once again celebrate Respect Life Month. We are also nearing the conclusion of a special Year of the Family here in our diocese. In my pastoral letter, “Enriching the Church,” I discussed threats to today’s family, including abortion, euthanasia, and others. These are not just threats to the family — they are threats to the dignity and sanctity of human life. They are respect life issues.

“This year’s Respect Life Month theme is ‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.’ This is a beautiful reminder as the Year of the Family winds down that the lives of every member of our family, from unborn children to elderly grandparents, deserves respect. Every life is important. Every person was formed by a loving God, in His image, and deserves love.

“As Catholics around the world celebrate Respect Life Month, I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Syracuse to fulfill our diocesan mission of knowing, living, and sharing our faith, which includes respecting all life. May we work together to build a culture of life that not only dignifies the lives of all people, at all stages of life, but also strengthens families. May God bless you.”

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