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18 / 11 / 2010 - Pro-Life youth from across the world at Viva La Vida Conference hear how Precious Life is keeping Ireland `the light of the world`
The 2nd annual Viva La Vida! pro-life youth conference was a tremendous success. Young people travelled from every corner of the country and from all over the world to be informed, to be inspired and to be together against abortion. There were groups present from Scotland, England, America, Canada, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and all across Ireland. It was an amazing weekend that started at the heart of the pro-life movement, which is activism for mothers and babies.
On Friday afternoon, any and all delegates who had already arrived in Dublin, participated in a peaceful protest outside of abortion referral agents Marie Stopes. It was inspiring to see young people, many of whom had never visited Dublin before, spend their Friday working for the unborn instead of touring around Dublin.
The conference weekend kicked off on Friday night with a moving, and often funny, address by Sister Roseann Reddy of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life initiative in Scotland. The schedule of speakers also featured US, Irish and British pro-life luminaries, including Jill Stanek and Dr. Colin McGuckin, who addressed the crowd on Saturday evening. Jill Stanek is the nurse who exposed the terrible practise of leaving babies who had survived abortion to die untreated and was instrumental in the passage of the U.S. Unborn Infants Protection Act. As you will have read in previous ezines Dr. Colin McGuckin lead the team who first synthesized living and functioning human liver tissue from adult stem cells.
The weekend was packed full of remarkable speakers, who spoke on a series of different aspects of the pro-life movement. The message of each speaker was a message of hope, passion, and enthusiasm for the future of the pro-life movement, and their messages made for a most spectacular conference. Ireland is blessed to be a country where abortion remains illegal, but as much as we must continue to fight the possibility of abortion coming into Ireland, it is also a beacon of great hope to young people throughout the world. The young people were challenged and inspired at Viva La Vida!
Over the coming weeks, we'll report on some of the amazing speakers from the conference, beginning this week with a LifeSiteNews report on the leading, world-renowned scientist Dr Colin McGuckin.
But we've also like to share with you some of the responses from attendees. Here's what they said:
A group of pro-life youth from Belgium said: "The Youth Defence people are so full of energy and pro-life passion that it was impossible to stay insensitive to it. We returned to Belgium with a feeling of regret that this fantastic weekend had passed so quickly, but with more hope than ever, thousands of new ideas and a lot of new friends for life."
Monica from Scotland: "Amazing weekend!! Well done for all your hard work and effort!"
Kathryn from United Kingdom, of Abort '67: "Thank you for having us Youth Defence! Do you guys know how to put on a conference or what!"
Oisin from Kildare: "Viva la Vida was unreal! I learned so much and I also now know how to put it into action."
Stephen from Cavan: "Best weekend of my life!!!"
Martin from Cork: "Brilliant conference! So glad I went!"
Odhrán from Antrim: "Brilliant Weekend."
Jamie from Cork: "A great weekend. A real inspiration. I'm really determined to do more street sessions and try and save as many babies as possible!"
Niamh from Dublin: "Thank you so much for all the work you put into organizing the weekend. It was great! I'm so glad I went because I now know that this is what I'm supposed to do!"
Keith from Dublin: "The conference the weekend was beyond a doubt the most professionally organised, productive event this year. It had the hallmarks of great devotion and will contribute greatly to the pro-life movement staying a step ahead of the opposition. One couldn't help but be inspired by the speakers and the energy of the organisers. From the brochures to the displays, from the entrance music to the great talks, from the venue to the balloons & creche for kids - to everything in between - it was brilliant!"
Emma from France: "Excellent conference! I am very motivated now!"
Moira from Belfast: "Thank you to everyone in YD for an amazing weekend. Loved every minute of it. God Bless all of you and your work. Being part of the prolife movement in Ireland ROCKS!"
Source: Youth Defence