AMERICA/MEXICO - More than one million people take to the streets in 125 cities for the march for the family

Monday, 12 September 2016 evangelization   politics   laity   christianity  

Zacatecas (Agenzia Fides) - After the demonstrations in favor of the family, a national awakening is taking place and it is clear that the Church supports it, noted His Exc. Mgr. Sigifredo Noriega Barceló, Bishop of Zacatecas. The note sent to Fides informs that the Bishop, speaking yesterday after Sunday Mass, explained that talking about the subject of the family does not mean that one wants to discriminate against anyone: "it is not a return to the past, to the traditional family, but to defend the union between man and women, as the basis for a family".
"This is not going against anyone, let alone against gay people, their rights have to be recognized, but without denying or destroying what marriage is" he added. "The Church, the Bishops, take this awakening of the population with pleasure and support it, but we are not the promotors" stressed the Bishop.
The "Frente Nacional por la Familia", which brings together different faiths and even non-religious realities, on September 10, organized the "March for the Family", which took place in 125 cities of the country and brought together more than a million and a half people, according to data collected by Fides. The march was convened after President Enrique Peña Nieto had decided to support a bill on "matrimonios igualitarios", and after the first reactions of Catholics protest movements. More than one Catholic leader repeated what was said to the press by Mgr. Pedro Pablo Elizondo, Bishop of the Prelature of Cancún-Chetumal: "in Mexico, for 75% of Mexicans, the first value is the family. To see more than a million people take to the streets to defend this value is a clear and strong message". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 12/09/2016)