40th Year of Humanae Vitae

13 June 2008

Your Eminence/Graces/Excellencies:

Pax in Nomine Christi.

This year marks the 40 years of Humanae Vitae and as we commemorate this prophetic encyclical of the Servant of God, Paul VI, we as a Church are faced with yet another assault on our Family and Life values.

The Permanent Council has graciously approved our proposal of activities and mobilizations to mark this anniversary.  May I invite you to participate and ask your arch/diocese to support these activities:

04 July 2008,                        First Friday Day of Prayer and
Fasting for the Defence and Safeguard of the Filipino Family.

09 July 2008, 9:00 am        Concelebrated  Mass at the Manila
Cathedral marking the 40 years of Humanae Vitae

25 July 2008                          Culmination in  Manila of the
Caravan for Family and Life.  The Caravans will start from different
points in the country weeks/days prior to July 25

Such activities are meant to create a heightened awareness among our faithful with regard to the recent assaults on our  Family and Life values be it in the  national Congress,  local government units, and even at the other levels of public administration.

God willing, through the primers and manuals being prepared by ECFL, we shall be able to better inform our faithful and make them ever more committed to defend our Catholic values.  Clearly, after these activities, we shall plan and implement long-term formation programs
for our Family and Life workers.

Thanking your Eminences and your Excellencies for your constant pastoral concern and support for the Filipino family, I remain

Devotedly yours in Christ.

signed

+PACIANO B. ANICETO, DD
Archbishop of San Fernando
Chair, ECFL

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