Colombia in need of intense prayer, Bishops say

.- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, is inviting Catholics in that country to pray that human life be protected in the face of social unrest and the possible legalization of abortion.

"We have all received a special gift," the archbishop said. "The Creator, through our parents, has called us to life and has entrusted this gift to us. Therefore each human being has the serious responsibility to care for his or her life and to be vigilant for the respect of other’s lives."

Archbishop Castro noted that there seems to be no let up in Colombia to the "continuous attacks against human life, especially against the smallest and most indefensible. Inter-family violence continues sowing death and hatred among family members, out-law groups continue with their terrorist activities, legislators draft measures that would legalize acts in favor of a culture of death."

In response to the possible legalization of abortion, the archbishop emphasized that the "Supreme Court has a grave responsibility regarding human life and the defense of the weakest. I hope the ruling is positive."

He called on all Catholics and all people of good will to join in prayer "for those who must make this delicate decision."

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