Sunday, July 17, 2011

Humanae Vitae’s relevance impressed on youth in anniv celebration

MANILA, July 18, 2011–At a time when society is being confronted with ideas, trends, and concrete legislative action that apparently belittle the intrinsic value of the human person, pro-life advocates are gathering to commemorate the release of a landmark encyclical that explained the Catholic Church’s teachings on the dignity of human life.
“Week for Humanae Vitae in celebration of its 43rd anniversary” will bring together students from various schools on July 19 for activities that aim to impress on them the relevance of the 1968 encyclical in modern times.
“The youth, who will be the future parents in our country, are the targets of the population control measure which the RH Bill is proven to be. Humanae Vitae will affirm the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church on love and marriage as the basis for procreation and the preservation of human life. It is critically important that our youth, guided by the wisdom and experience of the elders, are helped to appreciate the values of the Filipino family in their future, especially in their role as parents,” said Edgardo Tirona, national president of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines.
“Pope Paul VI’s encyclical is made more relevant today due to the issues confronting the Filipino family, particularly that concerning the proposed contraception-driven RH Bill. Humanae Vitae tells us not only about the value but the sanctity of life, which is a gift from God,” Tirona added about the encyclical that was released on July 25, 1968.
With the theme “Humanae Vitae: Kalakbay ng pamilya tungo sa kaganapan ng buhay,” simultaneous activities will be held at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Adamson University on July 19 from 2:00-6:00 pm.
The afternoon in both schools will have the youth participants experience video presentations, discussions and workshops, as well as talks to be given by legislators who are believers in the culture of life.
The celebration is organized by pro-life advocates led by the UST, Adamson University, Council of the Laity of the Philippines, Knights of Columbus, Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila (CFAM).
For more details, please contact Edgardo Tirona at tel. 527-5388; Agui Jalin of the UST Institute of Religion at 0922-8411611 or email; or Atty. Julius Babista of Adamson University at tel. 400-0923 or email (CBCP for Life)

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