AMERICA/ARGENTINA - “Celebrate life from its beginnings”: today is the Day for the Unborn Child
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Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) – “Recalling the Annunciation, we may say that God made the decision to participate in the history of humankind. He assumed all the vicissitudes of human existence. God loved us so much that he became one of us, grew in the womb of a woman, born of her, lived and eventually died as we do.” So states the Episcopal Conference of Argentina's message sent to Fides for the celebration of the Day for the Unborn Child, recently established in the local calendar, for today, 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation.
The statement continues: “In keeping with the teachings of Jesus, we sustain the value of every human life, but we feel particularly called to care for and promote life which is fragile, exposed or in danger. So we pay special attention to one of the most fragile phases, the beginning of life, in the face of a mentality that reduces it to the legal and moral gravity of abortion. The celebration of the unborn child should call us to reflect and to work.”
Not only pro-life movements around the country celebrate this day but also the parishes and Catholic schools that have promoted various initiatives and activities. The text of the Bishops' statement notes that “unfortunately, even after birth, the lives of children remain at risk of neglect, hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, violence and exploitation. Violations of their rights, which occur all over the world, are painful wounds to the conscience of every person of good will.” In conclusion, the message reissues John Paul II's appeal to the responsibility of each and every person, in the face of injustices committed against human life, before and after birth: Respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! (Evangelium vitae, 5)”. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 25/03/2010)