» 07/28/2008, 00.00
Filipino bishops: agricultural reform and defense of life, to revive the country
Today, President Arroyo will deliver the "state of the nation" address to the House of Representatives. The Church is asking for "the creation of a plan for agricultural development", and rejection of the "pro-abortion" law, because only "by valuing the family can the nation grow".
President Arroyo with bishops in fight "for life"
During yesterday's address on the "state of the nation", the head of state stressed the "promotion of natural family planning methods", denouncing the "pro-abortion" policies supported by some in parliament. A scholar accuses the UN of pressure over birth control.
Manila, Catholic vigil against pro-abortion law
The activists of the Commission on Family and Life have launched a show of force in front of congress, where the law is under discussion. Its supporters say that it is necessary "to control demographic growth"; experts emphasize that the numbers "are in decline", and do not justify the law.
The "no" of the Filipino Church to abortion and family planning policies
On July 25, a protest demonstration will unite the faithful of the entire country, determined to make their voices heard against a proposed law awaiting parliamentary approval. The bishops restate the policy of "defence of life", and threaten to withhold communion from politicians who sign the law.
Filipino president renews commitment in favor of life
Arroyo, a Catholic and the mother of three, restates her opposition to the reproductive health bill, supporting the firm stance expressed by the country's episcopal conference. The bishops have launched a campaign to gather signatures against the "pro-abortion" law.
Cardinals Rosales and Vidal pressure Arroyo for agrarian reform
The Catholic Church calls for "moral pressure" on members of parliament, so that the norm may benefit poor farmers in the country. Doubts concerning members of the president's family, whose land is not included in the CARP.
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