Russia, the world’s first country to legalize abortion, has now become the springboard for a historic gesture in support of life. On June 15th, in the coastal city of Vladivostok, Eastern Russia, an unprecedented pro-life pilgrimage began, crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.
The pilgrimage is the main event of “From Ocean to Ocean,” an international campaign organized by pro-life leaders all over the world. It takes the form of a car rally, the route winding through Europe and passing through the territory of 23 countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. At this moment, the pilgrimage has reached Lithuania, having traversed well over 25,000 kilometers, 30 major cities, and 8 time-zones.
The pilgrims are transporting a copy of “the Black Madonna of Częstochowa”, a revered icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to show support of life and the traditional family. The pilgrimage will continue for months, as the Częstochowa image makes its way to Fátima, Portugal, near the Atlantic Coast.
“The geography of the pilgrimage has expanded and encompassed the new continents,” according to Igor Beloborodov, Russian coordinator for “From Ocean to Ocean,as applications for participation in the campaign have been filed by pro-life groups in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Australia.
“This global action is joining pro-life activists worldwide,” Beloborodov declared. “This spiritual pro-life and pro-family campaign ‘From Ocean to Ocean’ is our international response to the culture of death.”