DAVAO Oriental, May 11, 2011? More than a thousand youth expressed their support to the Catholic Churchâ€™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 eventâ€™s participants came from at least 19 parishes of Mati dioceses plus observers and guests from religious and civic sectors.
â€œThe biggest delegation in years!â€ according to Maria Elena Didal, Diocesan Youth leader and Secretariat head of the event with the theme â€œStand firm in the faithâ€¦Do all your work in love.â€
In his speech, Mati Bishop Patricio Alo related the theme and the ongoing Churchâ€™s campaign to protect the sanctity of life, especially of the unborn.
He expressed joy that there are so many young people that â€œhelps keep the Church alive.â€
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 MaraÃ±on.
MaraÃ±on strongly challenged the participants to act responsibly on an urgent call towards moral transformation in a â€œmisinformed society.â€
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: â€œObey Godâ€™s will, No to RH Bill!â€
The gathering marked a double celebration for the current CBCP Year of the Youth and the 25th anniversary of the CBCPâ€™s Commission on Youth in July this year. (Marietta Alo)