In advance of the March for Life …

Riley Huelbig, 15, of the Academy of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md., participates in a pro-life youth rally at the Verizon Center in Washington Jan. 22. Young people from across the nation packed the arena for the rally and Mass in advance of the annual March for Life. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Riley Huelbig, 15, of the Academy of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md., participates in a pro-life youth rally at the Verizon Center in Washington Jan. 22. Young people from across the nation packed the arena for the rally and Mass in advance of the annual March for Life. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

The 36th March for Life begins in a few minutes (some of us are stuck at our desks), but here are some stories and photos from last night and this morning.

Photos from last night’s vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception are available on our Facebook page (but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to view them). And here are some stories:

Cardinal: Work with officials when ‘we can,’ ‘protest when we must’

State of the Union: March for Life Vigil Mass (from the Arlington Catholic Herald)

Thousands pack national shrine to pray, launch March for Life 2009

‘We are a people of hope,’ Bishop Loverde tells pro-life Mass

UPDATE: Here are more photos from today.

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