This ambitious pro-life and pro-family campaign, entitled “From Ocean to Ocean”, is being carried out for the first time in history and will last at least several months.
It is a grand international pilgrimage (in the form of a car rally) with a copy of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa that will move from the Pacific Ocean (Vladivostok) to Madrid and then to the Atlantic coast (Fátima, Portugal).
The campagn's motto: “East and West in defense of life!”
The route of the pilgrimage will run through the territory of more than twenty countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, UK.
One of the goals of the campaign is to support the countries with pro-life and pro-family legislation—Hungary and Poland, which face agressive political pressure from the European Parliament and other anti-family institutions.
The campaign started on June 14, 2012.
Click here to see the schedule of the pilgrimage.
The main organizers:
The international coordinators:
|Ewa Kowalewska (Poland)||Igor Beloborodov (Russia)|
Leaders of the pro-life movements who came together in the Jasna Gora monastery (the city of Częstochowa, Poland) made an “Act of Trust and Consecration” to the Black Madonna icon placing into Our Lady’s hands the protection of life and the civilization of love.
The international organizing committee is formed with representatives of 16 countries. Each member of the international committee will create a national committee responsible for the national pilgrimage of the icon. The exact timing and route of the pilgrimage will be determined by the Orthodox movements from Moscow.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Chaste Mother of God, Immaculate Virgin!
Into your hands we entrust the great cause of protecting the civilization of life and love.
We live in a difficult time of a massive global attack by the civilization of death.
Very many innocent people are perishing - unborn children, the aged and the sick.
The number of victims already exceeds two billion human beings.
Each day an additional 50 thousand children die in their mother’s womb.
Many people do not want to have any children at all.
Means of destroying fertility and life are becoming more and more common.
Infertility of married couples is increasing.
The human child is becoming a product of modern technology, a donor of cells and organs.
Children “are produced” with designated attributes, subject to selection.
Hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos are preserved between life and death in liquid nitrogen.
International man made law denies legal protection to the life of the unborn child.
More and more countries are legalizing euthanasia.
The attack on marriage and the family is increasing.
O Holy Mother, we promise you that we will defend human life, especially the small and defenseless, with all our strength.
We stand before you, Mother of Our Redeemer, fully aware that alone we are unable to win that global struggle.
Stand at the forefront of the defense of life movements and lead us!
Protect life! Save the family! Strengthen us!
Obtain from your son the victory of the civilization of life and love!