» 06/14/2012, 00.00
Częstochowa Madonna in Vladivostok: praying "from ocean to ocean" for life against demographic winter
Catholics and Orthodox are united in their devotion to the Mother of God and in their opposition to abortion. The icon is set to go through 22 countries, from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Poland and Hungary are under pressure from the European parliament and anti-family groups to allow abortion. Russia, the first country to legalise abortion, now sees it as a social evil.
Abortion in Russia, moral opposition on the rise
Surveys by a research institute reveal a population divided between pro- and anti-abortion forces. A growing number of people are considering the moral and religious implications of the interruption of pregnancy.
Filipino bishops to back pro-life candidates in upcoming elections
A “Covenant for Life” is signed. It calls on candidates in the May 14 elections to give priority to life and family and offers them support.
Bishops warn against the threat of “death laws”
In an international conference on bioethics held in Mandaluyong (Manila), the central role of human life and the family is reiterated. It reasserted the need to protect “human life at its beginning” till “its natural end”.
Pro-life Christians and Muslims against pro-abortion law
In Manila, more than 5 thousand people of all faiths manifest their will to live. Criticism of President Aquino accused of maintaining an ambiguous position, despite a steady dialogue with the Church and pro-life associations.
Filipino Congress sets aside pro-abortion bill, leaves the matter for the next government
Opposition by 20 congressmen derails the proposal. House speaker says the controversial measure cannot be approved in the dying days of the current session of Congress. The Church continues its battle in favour of life, will promote its own natural family planning programme in the next Congress.
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