US bishops to host Hispanic pro-life congress in 2013

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The U.S. bishops are preparing to host the Hispanic Congress on Respect for Life and the Evangelization of the Americas, which is set to take place in Dallas next year.

The congress, occurring Aug. 16-18, 2013, will be organized by the bishops and by Hispanic leaders from the laity and will be entitled, “Be Not Afraid…Dare to Defend Life.”

Speaking to EWTN News on July 19, the director of the Department for Family Catechesis of the Diocese of Phoenix, Carmen Portela, said the congress would allow pro-life leaders from Latin American, Mexico and the United States to network and “share resources that will help us to be more effective in the work of spreading the culture of love and life among all our Hispanic brothers and sisters.”

One of the objectives of the event will be to raise awareness about the dangers of the culture of death and share the message of holiness and the dignity of life, she said. 

“In this way we will promote the culture of life by highlighting that all of us are called to help and to serve, especially the most vulnerable, such as the unborn, women who have had abortions or are pregnant, immigrant families, the elderly and the handicapped,” Portela said.

She underscored that the pro-life event would provide attendees the chance to receive information and materials that will help them in their efforts to defend life and allow them to learn about strategies employed in other cities and countries.

“This will help to create a leadership of respect for life and to establish contacts so that more Hispanics will participate in this important ministry,” Portela explained.

She said she hopes those who attend will bring a pro-life message back to their communities, in order to “reach the entire Hispanic community in the United States and the leaders of the countries of Latin America.”

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