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Vatican City, Mar 23, 2015 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- An international prayer vigil prepared by the Vatican will recognize the 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, the encyclical of Saint John Paul II dedicated to the value and inviolable nature of human life.

The vigil, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be held in dioceses throughout the world on March 24 with the purpose of giving thanks to God for the fruits produced by the encyclical on life, making known to the world the benefits of prayer, and recalling that eternal life is the destiny of all the faithful.

Father Jose Guillermo Gutierrez Fernandez, an official with the Pontifical Council for the Family and one of the main promoters of the event, told CNA that Evangelium Vitae, promulgated on March 25, 1995 – on the Feast of the Annunciation – has still not been applied in…

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