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Catholic Activity: Welcoming a New Baby in Italy

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The Italians are aware of any births in their community and make sure the mother and family is provided for, welcoming the baby with a truly generous and pro-life spirit.

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A baby's birth in the neighborhood used to bring generous baskets of provisions to the new mother from all her neighbors as well as help with the chores. This is a religious practice of real love of neighbor and charity which should be revived and made more forceful in the face of today's threat of family limitation.

Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

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