Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - "Manipulation of human embryos, are we faced with a new holocaust?” is the theme of 3rd international Pro Life Conference to be held 23 - 25 March 2007, in Mexico City to give a global response to a battle for life which is already global. Organisers hope the event will draw even more participation than the first two conferences held in Lima in 2005 and Madrid in 2003 (see Fides 18/11/2005).
The Conference will open with Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, presided by Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Cardinal will later give a talk on “Building a Culture of Life”. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera archbishop of Mexico will give a talk on " genetic manipulation in the light of the truth of the human person" and other papers by experts from Mexico, Spain, United States, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina e Nicaragua, will speak on “the status of the human embryo”; " Manipulation of human embryos: scientific progress or retrocession?”; “Manipulation of human embryos: who stands to gain?”; “contraception and abortion as methods of extermination”; “induced abortion betrays medicine”; “the importance of words when opting for life”; “no more silence” (post abortion testimonial); “emergency abortion pill and RU486”; "women guardians of the culture of life"; "Abortion violation of human rights"; "defending life the, hope of humanity”.
In a message for pro life day with the title ‘Saying yes to life’ Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of the diocese of Tehuacan (Mexico) head of the Mexican Bishops’ Commission for the Family urged Mexicans to join God the Father, Jesus Christ and Most Holy Mary and say yes to life and to entrust the gift of every life to Jesus Christ, particularly today in the presence of a culture of death promoting abortion and euthanasia. The Bishop recalls that life begins at the moment of conception and that this new human person must be loved and nurtured and brought in to the world and enabled to offer all his or her potential for the good of others. (RG) (Agenzia Fides 15/3/2007; righe 32, parole 439)