Day of Judgment: Prayer for forgiveness of the world’s abortions.

Day of Judgment:
Prayer for forgiveness of the world’s abortions.

We recommend that the following prayer, based on the words of the hymn, the ‘Dies irae’, should be said continuously for all those involved in the practice of abortion.

Day of wrath! O day of mourning! See fulfilled the prophets’ warning,
Heaven and earth in ashes burning!

Oh, what fear man’s bosom rendeth, when from heaven the Judge descendeth,
on whose sentence all dependeth.

Wondrous sound the trumpet flingeth; through earth’s sepulchres it ringeth;
all before the throne it bringeth.

Death is struck, and nature quaking, all creation is awaking,
to its Judge an answer making.

Lo! the book, exactly worded, wherein all hath been recorded:
thence shall judgment be awarded.

When the Judge his seat attaineth, and each hidden deed arraigneth,
nothing unavenged remaineth.

What shall I, frail man, be pleading? Who for me be interceding,
when the just are mercy needing?

King of Majesty tremendous, who dost free salvation send us,
Fount of pity, then befriend us!

Think, good Jesu, my salvation caused thy wondrous Incarnation;
leave me not to reprobation!

Faint and weary, thou hast sought me, on the cross of suffering bought me.
shall such grace be vainly brought me?

Righteous Judge! for sin’s pollution grant thy gift of absolution,
ere the day of retribution.

Guilty, now I pour my moaning, all my shame with anguish owning;
spare, O God, thy suppliant groaning!

Thou the sinful woman savedst; thou the dying thief forgavest;
and to me a hope vouchsafest.

Worthless are my prayers and sighing, yet, good Lord, in grace complying,
rescue me from fires undying!

With thy favoured sheep O place me; nor among the goats abase me;
but to thy right hand upraise me.

While the wicked are confounded, doomed to flames of woe unbounded
call me with thy saints surrounded.

Low I kneel, with heart-submission, see, like ashes, my contrition;
help me in my last condition.

Ah! that day of tears and mourning! From the dust of earth returning
man for judgment must prepare him; Spare, O God, in mercy spare him!

Lord, all pitying, Jesu blest,
grant them Thine eternal rest. Amen.

March 26, 2012 Posted Under: HLI History   Read More

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference on the 15th Anniversary of the legalisation of Abortion-on-Demand in South Africa.

Fifteen years have passed since abortion on demand was legalized in South Africa. Since then it is estimated that over one million unborn children were denied the most fundamental of rights, the right to life. We remember those one million babies. Those aborted fifteen years ago would now be in grade 9 or 10, bringing joy to their families and planning their own futures. Those whose lives were ‘terminated’ ten years ago would now be playing on the streets of our towns and villages in the evenings and singing and praying with us in our churches on Sunday. We regret that those children of God were denied the right to be born into God’s world and to enrich it with their own unique gifts and talents. We will never fully realize what we have missed because the law says “abortion is fine”.

When the legislation was being discussed those in favour of it said it would save some mothers from the dangers of what has become known as “back-street abortions”. We question if this has in fact been the case. On almost every electricity pole along the streets of our cities and towns there are advertisements for ‘safe and painless’ abortions. They are outside the Head Office of the Department of Health in Pretoria and on the boundary walls of our schools. If the advertising is so public and so widespread, then the demand for those” back-street abortions” must be high.

The position of the Catholic Church on abortion is clear and unambiguous .Just because the law says it is legal does not make it morally right. Each unborn child is created by God, “knit together in (its) mother’s womb” (Ps139.13) .That unborn child is a human being with a human life that must be protected. He or she has a right to life, a right that must be respected by the mother and protected by the state.

Another right that must be respected by the state and its agents is that of conscientious objection. Those who believe that abortion is morally wrong have a right to refuse to participate in the medical procedures.

All of us, parents, teachers, members of the Church, must understand what a young girl is going through when she realizes she is pregnant. She needs our love, our support, our understanding and sometimes our forgiveness. We in the Church are committed to helping unmarried pregnant girls and couples tempted to take the abortion route in whatever way we can. We will never condemn, just as Jesus refused to condemn (John8.11)

As we remember the many children who have been aborted since February 1997, we also remember the mothers of these children. Just as we do not condemn a pregnant young girl, we do not condemn her if she made the mistake of procuring an abortion. Only she knows how much she has suffered as a result. She needs help and healing. We invite her to come and speak to one of our priests or counselors so that we can be part of reconciling her to God and bringing about healing.

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, OMI,

On behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference 30th January 2012

February 16, 2012 Posted Under: HLI History   Read More

On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good

Article by Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke
Archdiocese of St. Louis

On Our Civic Responsibility for the Common Good

 See the letter by clicking here.

October 13, 2011 Posted Under: HLI History   Read More


My dear friends, my name is Damian McLeish, a retired attorney from Victory Park parish. I would like today to discuss abortifacient birth control, the method most commonly used, which can destroy new human life, and is thus a form of chemical abortion.

As a result of the Papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, most Catholics know that all forms of artificial birth control are forbidden by the Catholic Church. However, many Catholics are not aware of the vast and crucially important distinction between CONTRACEPTIVE birth control, which involves the use of contraceptives only which prevent new life being formed, and ABORTIFACIENT birth control, which involves the use of abortifacients, which destroy new life after its formation.

March 29, 2011 Posted Under: HLI History   Read More

Pro-Lifer Wolfgang Hering in South Africa

We are delighted to announce that WOLFGANG HERING, founder of Euro Pro-Life, Director of the Life Centre in Munich, and leader of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in Germany will be visiting South Africa in February 2011. Please see below for Wolfgang’s schedule. We have the opportunity to offer these talks by someone highly experienced, particularly in sidewalk counselling and post abortion counselling. Please come along and listen to this dynamic and engaging speaker on this vitally important issue.

February 14, 2011 Posted Under: HLI History   Read More

‘Retarded’ No More

By: Father Raymond J. de Souza

In October, Barack Obama signed a new law that prohibits the U.S. government from referring to the “mentally retarded” in any of its laws and regulations. The term to be used instead is “intellectual disability.” Given the harshness with which it strikes the ear, the word “retarded” has long since dropped out of common usage, but it still survives in official policies.

The law is called Rosa’s Law, after a nine-year-old Maryland girl with Down’s syndrome. Her official classification at school was “mentally retarded,” which struck her mother as hurtful. The U.S. Congress passed the law in response to Rosa’s case, but also in response to a long campaign by the Special Olympics to end the use of the “R-Word,” as their campaign puts it.

December 31, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for the Unborn

Lord Jesus,

You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
so that young families can serenely embrace
the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
because they are unable to have children
and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity.


December 2, 2010 Posted Under: HLI Spirituality, News and Articles   Read More

Why Are the Media Fixated on Condoms? An Appeal to Focus on Negatives of Reckless Sexuality

By Janet E. Smith DETROIT, Michigan, DEC. 1, 2010 ( Most people remember their grandmothers at some point telling them that pointing a finger at someone means that three fingers are pointing back at you. The media are obsessed with the issue of the Catholic Church and condoms because they seem to believe that condoms are the solution to preventing the transmission of the HIV. Might it be time they began to think about other organizations, such as themselves, that might bear some responsibility?

December 2, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

HLI Calls on all Pro-Lifers to Participate in Historic World-Wide Vigil for Nascent Life

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 11, 2010 ( – Human Life International (HLI), the world’s largest pro-life organization, today called on all defenders of life to join its international affiliates and leaders in the “Prayer Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on November 27, coinciding with vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI announced the worldwide vigil, and urged all dioceses around the world to participate as much as they are able. As part of its effort to raise awareness about the event, HLI has sponsored an international petition of solidarity with the pope. “We hope that Catholics understand the historical significance of Pope Benedict’s invitation,” said Joseph Meaney, HLI’s director of international coordination. “The Holy Father for the first time in history has asked the Universal Catholic Church to gather together in a common liturgical event and pray for our preborn brothers and sisters who are being slaughtered around the world by abortion and other attacks of the culture of death.”

November 12, 2010 Posted Under: HLI Spirituality, News and Articles   Read More

Spanish Archbishop Urges Defiance of New Abortion Law: ‘This Law is no Law’

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

BURGOS, Spain, July 14, 2010 ( – The Archbishop of Burgos, Francisco Gil Hellín, has issued a call to Spanish Catholics to resist the country’s new abortion law, which he says is no law at all.

In a statement published on the bishops’ Catholic Information Service, Gil Hellín laments the recent promulgation of the law, an “evil law which is directly opposed to right reason and the most elemental justice. Such is the law that establishes that the Spanish have the right to kill the unborn, as long as they do it before 14 weeks.”

July 21, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More