Promote life and resist the temptations of irresponsible economics that fuel war and death, the Italian bishops’ conference said.
“Teaching about life means getting involved in a civilised revolution that heals the throwaway culture, the mentality of falling birthrates and demographic collapse, promoting the defense of every human person from the first blossoming of life until its natural end,” it said.
The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017, celebrated on 5th February. The message was dated 22nd October – memorial of St John Paul II.
Taking care of children and grandparents is part of Pope Francis’ call to help realise God’s plan for humanity, the message said. Children are the future of a people, bringing them hope, and grandparents are the ones who pass down memories and the faith to future generations, it said.
“Taking care of grandparents and taking care of children is the sign of love – the most promising because it promises the future,” it said quoting Pope Francis.
Picture: Tens of thousands of pro-life demonstrators take part in the 2013 annual national March for Life in Rome. In its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017, celebrated on 5th February, the Italian bishops urged people to promote life and resist the temptations of irresponsible economics that fuel war and death. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan).