Pro-Life Californian Walks Across U.S. and Europe

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COLOGNE, Germany, August 12, 2005 ( – Miles Foley of Citrus Heights, California, spent his summer walking 3,000 miles across the United States. Now Foley, and 35 other American students, are walking 150 miles from Brussels, Belgium to Cologne, Germany for World Youth Day 2005.

“This summer has been an incredible experience,” said Foley. “The people we have encountered in Europe so far, much like those in the United States, have been welcoming.”

Miles, a recent graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, is part of an organization of college students, called Crossroads, who sponsor walks across America each summer to raise awareness for the value of all human life – from conception until natural death. This summer, in addition to three American walk, Crossroads is sponsoring a walk to World Youth Day in Germany, which begins next week.

“There is a big difference between popular approaches to moral and cultural questions in the U.S. and Europe,” added Foley. “Many Europeans consider it to be in poor taste to have any overlap of moral and political questions. But we should remember that indifference to basic moral questions of life and the human person caused a great deal of suffering in the past century. We are trying to discourage the next generation from repeating those kinds of mistakes. It starts by respecting every human life.”

Crossroads was founded 11 years ago in Steubenville, Ohio, and has since sponsored walks across America to promote a culture of life.