Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Learning the “values of life” from early childhood: Catholic campaign reaches out to 250,000 children


Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) – Aimed at teaching the principal values of life to youngsters from an early age this year's annual 'Children's Campaign', promoted by the Catholic Church in Honduras is reaching out to thousands of children in schools and catechism groups. The seven week Campaign it is expected to involve an estimated 250,00 children with more than 11,000 teachers and 860 participating schools said Bishop Angel Garachana of the diocese of San Pedro Sula. The Campaign, launched on 5 July, and will end in the last week of August. The theme this year is "The Values of Life".
"Through children we reach the family " Bishop Garachana explained, adding that in situations of violence and insecurity it is necessary to create entirely new attitudes, planting seeds of trust and justice in order to build neighbourhoods of harmony and peace. This year's theme - "The Values of Life" - is very important, "because respect for life is a sort of nucleus around which many other values rotate because, we might say, it is the core value which is most frequently offended and violated " said Bishop Garachana.
The root of the crisis of values, of violence, of social injustice, can be traced back to a lack of respect for the sacred value of life, of the human person, every human person. "If people are exploited, the vulnerable are abused, workers see their rights trampled, there is no respect for life and people kill other people, it is because the sacredness, the value of human life, of the human person as such, has been lost" the Bishop concluded. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 19/7/2010)

Children's Campaign page – Diocese of San Padre Sula: (info including material)