Bishop of Queretaro inaugurates first Shrine for Life in Mexico

.- Bishop Mario de Gasperin Gasperin celebrated a special Mass on Wednesday inaugurating the first Shine for Life in Mexico. The shrine is dedicated to promoting the defense of life from conception to natural death.

“What is conceived is the same thing as what is born, a child,” stated Bishop Gasperin in his homily.  

Today, human life is threatened by “so many aggressions and is minimized and distorted,” he said, calling for a return to imitating the heart of Mary.

He also warned, “You cannot pretend to protect the social edifice while precisely undermining its foundations: the family and life.  The only problem is that God is disappearing from the human horizon.”

For this reason, he continued, life must be protected, “the life of the unborn, the life of the pregnant woman, the life of the newborn, the life of the weak and the infirm, the life of the elderly, and even the life of the criminal, just as God protected the life of the murderer Cain.

“We Catholics,” the bishop pointed out, “are a people of life and for life.  That is our vocation and our pride. How bitter is the irony, as the Pope said in Angola, of those who promote abortion as a way of attending to the health of mothers.”  “When the strength that comes from God is lacking, the mind of man becomes obscure, clouded, his will goes astray and he becomes perverted, causing ruin and destruction,” the bishop warned.

“This temple, this shrine of life, is intended to be a place where life is honored, respected and defended with gratitude; where tears can be shed over a life that was frustrated or lost, and where mercy, forgiveness and peace can be experienced; it is intended to be a song to life, a light that ignites hope in a full life for all…life shall triumph,” the bishop said.

At the shrine, which is part of the Church of St. Clare, prayers will be said for the unborn each day at 6:30 p.m. local time.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: