Organisers say around 700 joined the procession in Norwich

Hundreds of Catholics joined a silent Eucharistic procession in the city of Norwich on the evening of Friday, October 27 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act.

Organisers say around 700 took part in the candle-lit procession through the city centre, which was followed by Benediction and a vigil of prayer throughout the night at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.

Addressing the congregation at the start of the procession, Fr Henry Whisenant said: “Our Bishops have asked us to consider this historical moment in our prayers today. For this Act has had tragic consequences for our nation in the last half century. More than eight million surgical abortions have been carried out – which now amounts to more than 500 every day.

“And then there are the untold spiritual wounds that such legislation has caused to individuals, to couples and to families, indeed to the very fabric of our society. All of this continues and shows no signs of slowing down.

“As we process with the Lord tonight we pray that He will heal the wounds of abortion in these last 50 years and by the outpourings of his mercy convert the hearts and minds of this country to acknowledge and cherish the life of every human being no matter how vulnerable.

“May our procession with the Lord tonight make us more resolved to do what we can, to pray, to offer sacrifice, for the eventual establishment of a civilisation of love in this land.”

The event concluded with Mass the following morning.