(WBIR) A group of people came together on Saturday to peacefully show what they said was their appreciation for life.

Cardinal Justin Rigali led prayers outside Planned Parenthood on North Cherry Street in Knoxville as part of the fourth annual Rosary for Life. Rigali said the event was a chance for individuals to peacefully reinforce their personal commitments.

"We have to protect life and anything that wounds, weakens, or destroys life...there's no place for it in a civilization of love," Cardinal Rigali said.

According to organizers, this is the first time the annual ceremony has been held outside Planned Parenthood. Previously, the Knoxville group prayed outside the Volunteer Women's Medical Clinic. That center closed back in 2012 after legislators passed a bill that required doctors at abortion providers to hold admitting privileges at local hospitals.

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