Twelve college students who started walking toward Washington, D.C., from California on May 19 will be in Sweetwater and Abilene the weekend of June 21-23 as part of the Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America organization.

In Abilene, they will take part in a pro-life prayer vigil and rosary rally 12-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in front of the downtown post office. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of the Abilene Deanery of the Diocese of San Angelo.

Promotional material invites others to pray to “protect all life and to keep Planned Parenthood out of Abilene and West Texas.”

The 12 students who are walking through Sweetwater and Abilene are part of two groups of students who left California in May, one from San Francisco and the other from Los Angeles. They will meet in the nation’s capital for a pro-life rally at the U.S. Capitol Building on Aug. 10.

Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America was founded in 1995 in response to a challenge issued by Pope John Paul II during World Youth Day in 1993. The pope challenged youths “to be not afraid to take the gospel of life to the streets like the first apostles.” Since 1995, college students have been taking part in summer walks across America to help build a culture of life, according to a news release.

For more information about local events, contact Jim Sulliman, chair of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, at 692-4976. For more information about Crossroads Pro-Life Walks Across America, go to



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