Guadalajara, Mexico, Sep 3, 2020 / 15:59 pm
The Mexican pro-life association Los Inocentes de María (Mary's Innocent Ones) dedicated a shrine in Guadalajara last month in memory of aborted children. The shrine, called Rachel's Grotto, also serves as a place for reconciliation between parents and their deceased babies.
In an August 15 dedication ceremony, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, blessed the shrine and emphasized the importance of promoting "awareness that abortion is a terrible crime that frustrates the destiny of many human beings."
Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language news partner, Brenda del Río, the founder and director of Los Inocentes de María, explained that the idea was inspired by a similar project by a choral group that created a grotto next to the adoration chapel of a monastery in Frauenberg, southern Germany.
The name "Rachel's Grotto comes from the passage in the Gospel of Matthew where King Herod, seeking to kill the Christ Child, massacres all children two years and younger in Bethlehem: "A cry was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."