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Archbishop joins demo.

BIRMINGHAM'S leading Catholic churchman joined an antiabortion rally in the city which is set to last for almost six weeks.

Archbishop Bernard Longley joined protesters outside the Calthorpe Abortion Clinic in Edgbaston on the first day of the fourth annual 40 Days for Life campaign.

The pro-life vigil will last from 8am to 8pm daily. The protesters took part in peaceful prayer to coincide with a fast during the hours of the vigil.

Campaign director Isabel Vaughan-Spruce said the nonaggressive protest had received a great deal of support from hundreds of people.

"It gave us a tremendous lift when the archbishop agreed to show his support," she said.

"We have been backed by priests and clergy from all faiths, and received support from men and women, young and old, which is very encouraging.

"The power of us being there puts our message across."

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Making a stand: Archbishop Longley, centre, outside the clinic in Edgbaston.
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