.- Bishop Adalberto Martinez Flores of San Lorenzo, Paraguay, is exhorting Paraguayans to “restore the face of the family” because from the family comes the good and the bad fruit that influences society. On the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Bishop Martinez noted that only by restoring the nuclear family could the country’s situation change and the insecurity and violence be overcome.
In his homily, the bishop called for the “reestablishing of the bonds of reconciliation, dialogue, and forgiveness,” so that families can become “promoters of social welfare.”
He added that in their homes, parents should strive to provide proper education and care to their children. He also encouraged families to participate in the missionary nature of the Church, to work for unity, to foster prayer and to reach out to those in need.