Family in Latin America, Pakistani Martyr, and CRS in Sudan News Report: March 29, 2011.
by Rosalia Tenorio | Source:

Pope to Latin America: Defend Family, Marriage

VATICAN CITY—Stressing family as the fundamental cell of society, Pope Benedict XVI tasked the Latin America Church to protect family rights. He also urged bishops to spare no efforts in defending marriage as an institution founded on the indissoluble union of a man and a woman.

In a message to bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean who are meeting in Bogota, Colombia, the Holy Father exhorted the Church not to be indifferent in the face of the many social changes that threat family values.

"One notes with sadness that homes are increasingly suffering from difficulties provoked by rapid cultural changes, by social instability, by migratory flows, by educational programs that trivialize sexuality and by false ideologies." said the Pope.

According to the Holy Father, it is the Church’s duty to reach out to people and lead them to discover the Church's teaching in view of the "project of love" that God has for every human being. A special effort is required to reach younger generations and educate them in the values that dignify human life.

Pakistan Bishops Want Shahbaz Bhatti Named a Martyr and Patron of Religious Freedom

LAHORE— The Pakistani Catholic Conference of Bishops requested the Holy Father to officially recognize Shahbaz Bhatti,  -- a 42-year old Catholic leader recently assassinated in Pakistan -- as a martyr and patron of religious freedom.

Bhatti served as federal minister for religious minorities. Al-Qaida and the Punjab-based Pakistani Taliban Movement reportedly claimed responsibility for the murder.

In a video he recorded to be released in case of his death, Bhatti stated: “I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us. I know the meaning of ‘cross,’ and I follow Him to the cross.” Watch video:

Catholic Relief Services Allowed to Resume Operations in Sudan

KHARTOUM—Catholic Relief Services has been allowed to resume distribution of food to 400,000 people in West Darfur, Sudan.

In the beginning of the year, Muslim extremists accused CRS of distributing Bibles in the Muslim country. CRS denied the accusations saying it would be against their police to do so. “We are a humanitarian organization whose work is based on need and not creed. The majority of our staff in Darfur is Muslim,” CRS Spokeswoman, Sara Fajardo, explained.

CRS was asked to leave West Darfur because of security concerns and had to relocate its staff to Khartoum. CRS is now working with the local government to ensure food distribution resumes immediately in Darfur.

Besides feeding the poor, Catholic Relief Services builds schools, provides education, emergency shelter, water, and sanitation supplies in Darfur.

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Published by: juan
Date: 2011-03-30 05:16:19
Good news for darfurian people!

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