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25 / 03 / 2011 - Spanish bishops launch pro-life campaign, release video
The Bishops’ Conference of Spain recently announced its 2011 Pro-Life Campaign titled, “There is Always a Reason to Live.”
The bishops released a video to launch the initiative. It features four parallel stories that hinge upon the winning goal of the 2010 World Cup scored by Spain's Andres Iniesta.
The two and a half-minute video encourages Catholics to commemorate the Day of the Unborn Child on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKxfhJy43n0&feature=player_embedded
The main storyline of the video shows a bedridden elderly man watching the World Cup in his hospital room with his son when Iniesta scored the game-winning goal against the Netherlands.
The parallel stories feature a sick child who receives a gift from his family and friends, a young woman who gives a rose to mentally disabled man who is in a wheelchair, and a grandmother reading a story to her grandchildren, one of whom has Downs syndrome. All of the actors in the video were volunteers.
The bishops have also launched a new website at www.siemprehayunarazonparavivir.com. It includes information on the pro-life campaign and on the promotion of the right to life.
They have also distributed pamphlets to all of the dioceses in the country, which include a message from the bishops’ Subcommittee on Family and Human Life. “The life of each human being is sacred and is a good that we have duty to care for. However, today a darkness exists that leads some to not appreciate the grandeur and beauty of each human life eternally loved by God,” the message states.
“Many people have not discovered that life is a good even when accompanied by grave illness, mental or physical handicaps, poverty, loneliness, the weakness of old age or at the end of one’s life,” it says.
Faced with this situation, “the members of the Church feel compelled to respond with the love of Christ and to inspire hope in people so that, by sensing they are loved and are not alone in their suffering or loneliness, they can overcome deception and sorrow. In other words, they can find a reason to live,” the bishops say in their message.
Source: EWTN News