Rosary for Life



Mass for Life January 22, 2021


A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2019 annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18. By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is “the extinguishing of a unique human life,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)



JANUARY 28-29, 2021

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence for all faithful Catholics who participate virtually in the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 and those who participate virtually or in-person in the Mass for Life on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pilgrims who participate in person, or virtually due to age, sickness or other grave reasons that prevent them from leaving their homes, but who join via TV, radio or social media in the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 will obtain a plenary indulgence. The same conditions apply for pilgrims, who attend in person or virtually the Mass for Life, which will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew.

The on-site evening program for the January 28 National Prayer Vigil for Life will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, is closed to the public and will be taking place virtually. There will be several broadcast and livestreaming options for the various Vigil prayer events occurring during January 28-29, which are listed in this announcement.

2021 National Prayer Vigil for Life (All times are in Eastern Time.)

Thursday, January 28: 

8:00 PM          National Rosary for Life

8:30 PM          Opening Mass with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas

9:45 PM          Holy Hour for Life

11:00 PM ~     Live-stream of bishop-led holy hours throughout the night

Friday, January 29: 

~ 8:00 AM      Closing Mass with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore

The live television broadcasts on January 28 from 8:00-11:00 PM and on January 29 from 8:00-9:00 AM will be provided by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and will also be available via live-stream on the Basilica’s website.

The overnight bishop-led holy hours will take place during January 28-29 from 11:00 PM – 8:00 AM. Live-streaming information is available on the USCCB’s website.

A plenary indulgence is available this year for those participating in the Opening or Closing Mass and/or the Prayer Vigil, whether virtually or in person (the other usual conditions for a plenary indulgence apply).

A plenary indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment due to sin. The conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence generally include making a sacramental Confession, receiving Holy Communion and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.

The text of the decree is below.

Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic mean March for Life will be virtual January 21, 2021

Bishop Bambera’s March for Life Letter 2021

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Parish Resource

9 Days for Life Novena Information

Parish youth groups join forces to plan local March for Life on Jan. 29

Pro-life rally to be held in Hazleton Jan. 22

National Prayer Vigil for Life will be virtual this year