Santiago, Chile, Jan 13, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Bishop Héctor Vargas Bastidas of Arica, Chile, says the country needs laws favoring the family and not divorce.
The bishop said that Chile needs a law that will strengthen the fundamental institution of the family in the life of individuals and society.
“In this regard I share completely the teachings on this subject expressed by the Bishops Conference of Chile,” he said.
Bishop Vargas was ordained to the episcopate on January 4, the feast of the Epiphany. The ceremony took place in St. Mark’s Cathedral and was celebrated by Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, Archbishop of Santiago, and concelebrated by 20 Chilean bishops and 2 Peruvian bishops.