Thousands of people are expected to join Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez Saturday for the second annual OneLife LA event celebrating human life “from conception to natural death.”

“This will be a day of family and friendship in celebration of the beauty and dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death,” Gomez said. “Join me and thousands in declaring a commitment to valuing and protecting all human life, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.”

This year’s event is themed, “Who do you live for?” An estimated 15,000 people attended the inaugural event last year.

Gomez will lead a march beginning at noon through downtown streets, ending at Grand Park, where a series of speakers will address the crowd to share “life-affirming stories.” Among the speakers will be “The Middle” actress Patricia Heaton; retired LAUSD teachers Millicent “Mama” Hill, who founded the nonprofit Mama Hill’s Help to assist teens suffering from violence or abuse; Mexican actress Karyme Lozano; and Marine Corps veteran James J. Hanson, who is being treated for brain cancer.

Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs, will also speak. Vujicic founded the nonprofit group Life Without Limbs when he was 14 years old.

At 5 p.m., Gomez will celebrate the “One Life, One Light Requiem for the Unborn” Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

— From Staff and Wire Reports


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