.- The executive committee of the Argentinean Bishopsâ Conference called on Argentineans this week to make a âsincere and matureâ commitment to life. They declared 2011 to be âThe Year of Life.â
In their recent statement, the committee referred to Pope Benedict XVIâs invitation to Catholics to participate in a prayer vigil for the unborn on November 27. The date was chosen so the beginning of Advent would be an expression of gratitude to God for the gift of life.
âWhen we speak of the gift of life, the sacred gift of God to man, we refer to the life of each person at every stage â¦ and in all of its dimensions: physical, spiritual, familiar, social, political, religious,â the committee explained.
The bishops expressed their desire to affirm âthe vital need to prioritize â¦ the right to life in all of its manifestationsâ during the year of 2011. They noted that this will include the unborn, as well those âwho grow up in poverty and are marginalized.â
The committee reiterated its call to defend life saying, âWe will not be able to build a nation that includes all if the primary right to life of every person - the right to life from the moment of conception - does not prevail in our country.â
For this reason, the bishops urged greater protection for women who are pregnant and for the strengthening of the mother-child bond in order to ensure the quality of life until natural death.âWe must find ways to care for the lives of both mother and unborn child and thus save both,â they said.