Davao youth vows to reject RH bill

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DAVAO Oriental, May 11, 2011? More than a thousand youth expressed their support to the Catholic Church’s stance against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

The declaration of support was made during the 12th Diocesan Youth Convention held in Mati, Davao Oriental from May 4 to 7, 2011.

Majority of the event’s participants came from at least 19 parishes of Mati dioceses plus observers and guests from religious and civic sectors.

“The biggest delegation in years!” according to Maria Elena Didal, Diocesan Youth leader and Secretariat head of the event with the theme “Stand firm in the faith…Do all your work in love.”

In his speech, Mati Bishop Patricio Alo related the theme and the ongoing Church’s campaign to protect the sanctity of life, especially of the unborn.

He expressed joy that there are so many young people that “helps keep the Church alive.”

Among the highlights of the 4-day activities included: a daily Mass; reflection on the theme by Fr. Alfonso Sedurifa, OSA; literary-cultural talent showcase; ; messages from local government and SK officials; and a special forum on the RH bill with by former Davao City Councilor Tessie Marañon.

Marañon strongly challenged the participants to act responsibly on an urgent call towards moral transformation in a “misinformed society.”

After the forum, on the next day, the hall echoed with mantra chants akin to the recent nationwide pro-life rally at the Luneta Park: “Obey God’s will, No to RH Bill!”

The gathering marked a double celebration for the current CBCP Year of the Youth and the 25th anniversary of the CBCP’s Commission on Youth in July this year. (Marietta Alo)

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