On Tuesday, January 24, the TFP Washington Bureau was filled with friends and supporters for a reception of foreign friends who joined the American TFP at the annual March for Life. In addition, veteran TFP member Nelson Fragelli, gave a presentation on “Castles and Cathedrals” to the nearly 120 people who crowded the auditorium for a night of discussion and conviviality.
Mr. Fragelli explained the theology and symbolism behind medieval architecture where principles were enshrined in stone. Using a slide presentation, he gave examples of medieval buildings especially Notre Dame in Paris. He showed how these buildings were a veritable catechism in stone which taught the people their faith. He also showed how these same buildings reinforced Church teaching that was being attacked by the Albigensians and Cathars of the time.
Mr. Mario Navarro da Costa also spoke explaining the need to “internationalize” the March for Life in Washington so as to unite all who opposed abortion worldwide. He introduced the honored guests which included His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza, His Highness Kigeli V, exiled King of Rwanda, and members of the clergy. Also present were Leadership Institute president, the Honorable Morton Blackwell, and his wife Helen. The TFP was especially honored to host former Lithuanian congressman and signer of Lithuania’s Declaration of Independence Arturas Racas and his wife. Mr. Racas is an outspoken opponent of abortion in his country. Friends from Europe such as France’s Droit de Naître and contingents from Brazil, Italy, Poland, Austria and Lithuania were also welcomed.
Despite the diverse crowd and many languages spoken, lively conversation continued long into the night underscoring the Christian ideals that united all present.