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For Immediate Release

October 8, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma

National Prayer Service to Include Award for Host of Emmy Award-winning Pro-life Television Series

Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the National Pro-Life Religious Council.

Mr. Mattes will receive the award during the 20th annual National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, said , "Each year, this award is given to someone who has served the pro-life movement in an exemplary way,” Father Pavone said. “That certainly describes Brad Mattes. He has devoted his life to making sure the truth about abortion is known throughout the country and across the globe.”

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Life Issues Institute was established by pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke and his recently deceased wife, Barbara, to develop and globally disseminate effective pro-life educational material. Dr. Willke chose and trained Brad Mattes to carry this work into the future.

Its weekly television show, Facing Life Head-On, which Mr. Mattes hosts and serves as executive producer, is a three-time Regional Emmy winner that is available to more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Mattes also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary carried on nearly 1,100 radio outlets across the nation. He is president of the International Right to Life Federation and is a frequent international speaker and lecturer on abortion and related life issues, including the impact of abortion on men.

“I greatly admire the National Pro-life Religious Council because these are the people who walk their faith even when it’s hard to do so,” Mr. Mattes said. “In past years, we’ve seen many religious leaders forsake biblical truths for temporal gain or prestige. The National Pro-Life Religious Council is often ‘a voice of one calling in the wilderness,’ working to counter a moral and ethical vacuum in society. I’m honored to be the 2014 recipient of their National Pro-life Recognition Award, and I’m blessed to serve alongside them.”

The National Memorial, which is always held on the morning of the March for Life, is the nation’s premiere prayer event, bringing hundreds of interdenominational clergy together to pray for an end to abortion. Last year’s event drew more than 1,500 people to Constitution Hall to pray for the unborn, for the re-emergence of a culture of life and a restoration of religious liberty.

“The 2014 event has been in the planning stages since the day after the 2013 March for Life, and it promises to be bigger and even more spirit-filled than last year,” said Father Pavone, who noted that the event is co-sponsored by the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The prayer service begins at 8:30 and will end at 10:30, providing plenty of time to get to the March for Life Rally. For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

For information, go to NationalPrayerService.com

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