Port Louis (Agenzia Fides ) - "The family is now threatened by many forces and is under crisis. In the last two decades, there has been an acceleration of powerful financial support and external pressures on Africa to negate the fundamental value of life and to deconstruct the meaning of family and gender" denounces the final document of the Third Congress of the Africa Family Life Federation (FAAF) which was held in Mauritius from November 10 to 13. The Congress, under the theme "Family as a common good; let us protect it", was attended by members coming from 22 countries and representing 28 associations, together with Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi, Archbishop of Lubango (Angola).
These forces on the family, says the document sent to Fides Agency, "have become more intense since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, held in Cairo, and the Maputo Protocol in 2006".
"Their agenda – says the declaration includes universal accessibility to contraceptives; pressure to introduce sexual and reproductive health right laws that include legalising abortion, homosexuality and gender ideology; impositing "child-friendly services" which incorporate providing the children with contraceptives and abortion services without parental knowledge and consent".
Reiterating its commitment to defend the value of family, FAAF concludes by "categorically rejecting any kinds of pressure and attacks on life and the family. We therfore call upon all African governments and leaders at various levels, Christians and non-Christians, to pledge their commitment towards promoting the value, dignity and the true meaning of the African family as the sanctuary of love, life and the future of human society". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 25/11/2013)