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Mexican bishop emphasizes irreplaceable value of the family in society
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.- Bishop Francisco Chavolla Ramos of Toluca, Mexico is reminding Catholics that Pope Benedict XVI has called for prayers for families during the month of February.

Bishop Chavolla reflected on the Pope's prayer intention in a message published Feb. 14 of the Mexican bishops' conference website.

The family, the bishop stressed, originates in the marriage between one man and one woman and is called to be open to life.

The future of humanity passes through the family, Bishop Chavolla said. He urged Catholics to pray that the role of the family be respected in society and that its “irreplaceable contribution” be recognized.

“This is the reason for which I am inviting you to be united in this intention of the Successor of Peter through prayer in the month of February. Let us pray that the Church will untiringly promote the family ministry that will influence society,” the bishop said.

He encouraged Catholics to join in Pope Benedict's prayer intention by offering Masses, Holy Hours and Rosaries.

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