More than 10,000 people packed into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 18, for the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life. The liturgy that is celebrated annually on the eve of the March for Life. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was the main celebrant and homilist at the Mass. Here is a slide show of images from the evening. Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz