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Defending life and the family

· The Pope’s tweet for the March for the Life ·

“Every Life is a Gift”. With this tweet in English and Spanish, Pope Francis sent a sign of his virtual participation in the March for Life, which was held Thursday, 22 January, in Washington, D.C. The March is an annual meeting which has been held for 40 years, following the Supreme Court’s decision Roe v. Wade to legalize abortion.

On the eve of the March Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, celebrated Mass in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. In his homily, the Cardinal first underlined clearly that every Christian must “build a better world” and become “the defense attorney for the innocent unborn and the vulnerable elderly and all those whose right to life is threatened”. Looking at the numbers, statistics and studies, the Cardinal forcefully denounced “American Mythology” which politicians circulate. According to them, abortion is a women’s problem, a problem which most Americans are in favour of and which includes young people. In reality, he underlined, studies have shown that “women have been consistently more pro-life than men” and often they are forced to make certain decisions out of lack of responsibility or the search for solutions of convenient to men. In fact, the Cardinal continued, there is a net presence of those who choose life and many include young people.

Also on Thursday, 22 January, an international Congress of associations, movements and groups for the family was held in Rome, organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The conference, entitled “Re-reading Together the Extraordinary Synod”, had 250 participants from 40 countries.

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