WORLD FAMILY MEET DENOUNCES ABORTION

Manila, Jan. 25, 2003 - (By Sandy Araneta , Star) - The youth delegates of the 4th World Meeting of Families in Manila expressed yesterday their strong opposition to abortion: "We make a strong stand against abortion. Life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred. No to abortion!"

This statement was issued yesterday by the delegates to the concurrent Sons and Daughters Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The Sons and Daughters Congress was attended by 953 delegates, the youngest of whom is 10 months old. Twenty-one toddlers and pre-school children, 338 pre-teens aged 7-12 and 594 teenagers aged 13-18 attended the congress. Seven of the delegates were foreigners and the rest were Filipinos.

The delegates spoke on behalf of the unborn, street children and child laborers, "on behalf of the children and youth in families with problems where parents are separated and divorced, where parents are absent, as they are forced to migrate to other countries for greener pastures."

The children said they believe in the Christian family that lives and radiates its vocation within the church joyfully and truly becomes an agent of civilization's transformation.

"We challenge children and young people to take an active part in little communities of faith, in their parishes and dioceses. We challenge them, as well, to participate in catechesis, in liturgical celebrations and in the service of the least, the lost and the last," the statement said.

These children said they take their task of bringing the good news of the congress to every home, school and community seriously. "Let these experiences of sharing, teaching celebration and interaction shine as the stars in the dark, that others may see, that others may hear, that others may be inspired, that others may be moved and, hence, follow the way of Jesus."

The children said they believe in the Christian family that radiates God's love and proclaims, celebrates, serves and nurtures life.


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