The Archdiocese of Agana held a solemn Catholic mass and burial Tuesday morning for 23 unclaimed fetuses as a result of miscarriage.
Father Romy Convocar concelebrated the mass with Father Julius Akinyemi at Pigo Catholic Cemetery in Anigua. The two Catholic priests are spiritual co-directors of the Guam Catholic Pro-life Committee.
Nearly 50 people attended the ceremony. Attendees include members of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Knights of Columbus, Christian Mothers, and Catholic Daughters.
“Although these children didn’t make it to their birthdays in this world, we are celebrating their fullness of everlasting life in God’s Eternal Kingdom in Heaven,” the Catholic Pro-Life Committee said in an announcement this week.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services released the unclaimed remains.
According to Tony Diaz, the Archdiocese of Agana director of communications, the mass and burial is an important part of the Catholic Church’s work and ministry to reach out and care for those who are forgotten in the community.