Knoxville bishop and students join in pro-life movement

Knoxville bishop and students join in pro-life movement

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The Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika joined dozens of Catholic students to pray outside of Planned Parenthood in East Knoxville Thursday. The Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika joined dozens of Catholic students to pray outside of Planned Parenthood in East Knoxville Thursday.
"There is no such thing as the church of the future. We're all part of the church today. That's what I just reminded the children today. They are very much a part of the witness of Jesus, that's why I'm so glad they're here," Bishop Stika said. "There is no such thing as the church of the future. We're all part of the church today. That's what I just reminded the children today. They are very much a part of the witness of Jesus, that's why I'm so glad they're here," Bishop Stika said.
The group spent about an hour holding up anti-abortion signs, while Bishop Stika led them in prayer and worship. The group spent about an hour holding up anti-abortion signs, while Bishop Stika led them in prayer and worship.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The national pro-life movement "40 Days for Life" is making waves in Knoxville.

The Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika joined dozens of Catholic students to pray outside of Planned Parenthood in East Knoxville Thursday.

Bishop Stika says this campaign is all about prayer, not protesting. It started March 5, and every day since then, supporters have been at Planned Parenthood from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Emily Wilson, a sixth grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, says she's hoping to change some minds about abortion.

"We're praying the rosary to fight for life," Wilson said.

Her dad Mike Wilson says he's proud of his daughter's support.

"To pray for pro-life, and to hopefully make a difference," Wilson said.

The group spent about an hour holding up anti-abortion signs, while Bishop Stika led them in prayer and worship.

"There is no such thing as the church of the future. We're all part of the church today. That's what I just reminded the children today. They are very much a part of the witness of Jesus, that's why I'm so glad they're here," Bishop Stika said.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Ann McCullough, St. Joseph's principal, says this campaign teaches the children to be witnesses of their faith.

"This was an opportunity to join with the bishop and to witness to that faith," McCullough said.

The demonstrations will go through April 1. This is the sixth year it's been going on in Knoxville.

6 News reached out to Planned Parenthood, but they have no comment. The East Knoxville location was closed Thursday. Police say there haven't been any problems since the pro-life campaign started.

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