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Pope backs Filipino bishops' stand against family-planning legislation

Catholic World News - July 11, 2011

In a letter to the Catholic bishops of the Philippines, Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged the struggle to defeat an aggressive family-planning bill.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, sent a letter to Bishop Nereo Odchimar, the president of the Filipino bishops’ conference, as the bishops held their annual meeting last week. In that letter the cardinal said that Pope Benedict “encourages the bishops in their efforts in defense of the value of each human life, the sacredness of marriage, and of the family.” The reference was unmistakably to the Filipino bishops’ efforts to block the aggressive family-planning legislation that will come up for discussion when the nation’s lawmakers convene late in July.

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