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Friday, December 9, 2016
Spain gears up for pro-family demonstration
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 Spanish Catholics are gearing up for a large demonstration in Madrid tomorrow, against proposed changes in the law including gay marriage and easier divorce. In most parishes in Spain last Sunday, leaflets were distributed urging parishioners to join the march. In his usual Sunday address on Radio COPE Cardinal Antonio Mª Rouco Varela archbishop of Madrid said: "matrimony and the family are realities rooted in the very nature of mankind and they cannot therefore be modified, inverted according to personal discretion or manipulated by human powers". Archbishop Javier Martínez of Granada said: "this cause is not only just it is extremely serious, because these new measures will cause immense damage and destruction and endless suffering in Spain". The diocese of Granada has arranged has arranged 22 buses to take participants to Madrid. In a press statement Bishop Amadeo Rodríguez Magro of Plasencia endorsed the position taken by the national Bishops' Conference, on behalf of all the bishops of Spain and expressed full support for the demonstration. Bishop Santiago García Aracil of Mérida-Badajoz and Bishop Ciriaco Benavente of Coria-Caceres also voiced support for the June 18 pro-family event encouraging the people to take part "because this is a legitimate way to fulfil one's duty to serve the common good." Source: Fides
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