Viva la Vida!

viva-la-vidaThe 8th annual Prolife Conference, a Spanish program  by the Archdiocese of New York’s Office of Family Life/Respect Life, was held on Oct. 9 at John F. Kennedy H.S. in Somers, N.Y.

“The world needs mercy and we have to respect all forms of life.  We need to fight for our children.  The battle continues.” Those were some of the words of Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, in his opening talks at the VIII Pro-Life Congress held on October 8th at Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx and on the 9th at Kennedy Catholic High School, Somers.

This pro-life congress, which is primarily a full day of education on pro-life issues for the Hispanic community, was coordinated by the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York.  The event attracted approximately 350 attendees, both days combined.  The day included workshops on euthanasia and assisted suicide, dealing with the loss of a child before birth, and the transmission of life in God’s divine plan. The two main talks by Fr.  Augustino Torres, CFR, were, “The Name of God Is Mercy” and “Saint John Paul II and the Culture of Life.” 

The underlying basic theme of the pro-life congress is that catholics are urged to be proactive in the pro-life movement and that to simply be a passive spectator is not an option.   On both days the pro-life congress began with the holy sacrifice of the mass with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Byrne of the Archdiocese of New York as the main celebrant.