SLOVAKIA’s first-ever march organised by the pro-life movement led by the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia (KBS) drew unexpectedly high numbers September 22.
Organisers reported that 80,000 people attended the gathering in Košice to “express the desire for social change that would show in the protection of life of every man”. Initial expectations were of attendance of about 50,000.
The march participants have come to Košice from all around Slovakia and beyond, including Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, the Sme daily reported.
“It reminded me of November 89,” one participant told Sme. “Back then we were too full of optimism and hope.”
Life deserves protection from conception to natural death, said Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský addressing the crowd, as quoted by the SITA newswire, calling on young people and families not to be ashamed of expressing their pro-life attitudes.
Papal Nuncio Mario Giordana conveyed greetings by Pope Francis to the people attending the march.
“Pope Francis sends you a message: Never let anyone stop you from promoting the culture of life,” Sme quoted Giordana as saying.
Organisers also stressed their support for what they call the traditional family based on the marriage of a man and a woman. Supporters of the march requested that laws should protect human life from conception through a natural death, protect and support the idea of family based on marriage between a man and a woman and protect the parental rights for the education of children.
“Košice has sent a good signal not only to Slovakia but also to the whole world,” Košice Archbishop Bernard Bober said as quoted by SITA.
Source: Sme, SITA, TASR
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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23. Sep 2013 at 14:00