Argentine bishop says greater care needed for young mothers

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Bishop Luis Urbanc of Catamarca, Argentina, has called on Catholics to show greater care and concern for “the increasing number of young mothers.”

“It’s not about condemning them, but helping them to become aware of what is happening in their lives,” Bishop Urbanc said in his Palm Sunday homily.

“They should consider and reflect on the sacredness of the life God has entrusted to them, and the co-creators of that life should assume responsibility and accompany them as well.”

Bishop Urbanc said that having babies at a young and emotionally immature age has become increasingly common. Christians should respond to such a situation in a creative, generous and patient way to teach children and adolescents to embrace a virtuous life according to God’s plan, “which we can learn through Revelation, under the sure guidance of the Magisterium of the Church.”

“There is no room for excuses. Everyone, especially spouses and parents, has to be prepared to ‘provide a reason for our hope to those who ask,’ and those who ask are first and foremost our children and adolescents,” the bishop said.

He offered prayers that during Holy Week the light of Christ “would shine with greater brightness in the depths of our minds and hearts, so that we might have more enthusiasm for helping this very important and delicate age group.”

Pope Francis has frequently alluded to a throw-away culture that ignores the two fundamental pillars of society – children and the elderly.


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