By Mary DeTurris Poust
If anyone tells you that young people are apathetic or disinterested when it comes to the big issues, point them in the direction of the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where more than 17,000 teens and young adults will converge January 22 for the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life on the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
All 17,400 free tickets for the event were reserved within 45 minutes of going online. Last year young people had to be turned away from the event, so the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., decided to issue tickets for the first time this year.
The rally will include a youth concert, confessions, Rosary, and Mass celebrated by bishops from around the United States. Catholic recording artists and composers Steve Angrisano, Matt Maher and Jesse Manibusan will perform during the morning concert, while upstairs nearly 100 priests will hear confessions in the Acela Club Restaurant.
Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be joined by cardinals, bishops and hundreds of priests from around the United States for 10 a.m. Mass. The homilist will be Reverend Lawrence Swink, parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in Bowie, Maryland. Following the Mass, many of the bishops and the youth will participate in the National Rally and March for Life, which starts at noon on the National Mall.
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