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Pray, Fast for Nancy Pelosi’s Heart to Change on Abortion, Says Her Archbishop

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Photo of Nancy Pelosi courtesy of Gage Skidmore, CC by 2.0. Photo of Archbishop Cordileone courtesy of Steubenville Conferences, CC by 3.0

Salvatore J. Cordileone, the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, has called for prayer and fasting for Nancy Pelosi, who is one of Archbishop Cordileone’s parishioners in addition to being Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“Speaker Pelosi speaks fondly of her children,” said Cordileone in a Sept. 29 statement published by the Benedict XVI Institute. “She clearly has a maternal heart. Pope Francis has called abortion murder, the equivalent of hiring a hitman to solve a problem. The solution to a woman in a crisis pregnancy is not violence but love. Please join me in praying the rosary and fasting for a conversion of Speaker Pelosi’s maternal heart to embracing the goodness and dignity of human life not only after birth, but in the womb as well.”

Archbishop Cordileone: A ‘Conversion of Heart’ Is Needed

Archbishop Cordileone specifically mentioned the recent passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) by the House of Representatives as a reason for his call to prayer. Said the archbishop, “Witness the House of Representatives’ passage of HR 3755, which would impose abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy. A conversion of heart of the majority of our Congressional representatives is needed on this issue, beginning with the leader of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

After the House passed the WHPA, Pelosi tweeted, “By passing this bill today, we reaffirmed this truth: every woman, everywhere, has the constitutional right to basic reproductive health care!”

In his statement, Cordileone continued: “I am therefore inviting all Catholics to join in a massive and visible campaign of prayer and fasting for Speaker Pelosi: commit to praying one rosary a week and fasting on Fridays for her conversion of heart. Please sign up for the ‘Rose and Rosary for Nancy’ campaign at BenedictInstitute.org, and a rose will be sent to her as a symbol of your prayer and fasting for her.”