Madrid, Spain, Dec 14, 2003 / 22:00 pm
In preparation for the coming celebration of the feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, the bishops of Spain have issued a statement fervently calling on families to protect their roots and to defend life.
“Care for your roots and defend life,” the title of document which was prepared by the bishops’ Subcommittee for the Family and Defense of Life, repeats the words of John Paul II in his last trip to Spain during which he told families, “Do not lose your Christian roots.”
The bishops state that “the family has in itself much potential as it is an institution solidly rooted in the very nature of man.
The Christian family has the grace of the Holy Spirit received in the sacrament of marriage, who will never abandon it in its vocation and mission. The deepest roots of marriage and the family are in God.”