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Anti-family legislation more destructive than nuclear weapons, cardinal say at International Eucharistic Congress

February 01, 2016

Legislature that undermines the family is more destructive than a nuclear bomb, an Asian prelate said at the closing Mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, concluded on January 31 in Cebu, the Philippines.

“More than any nuclear bomb, more than any terrorism, a mortal danger awaits humanity because some countries have chosen a path of destroying families through laws,” said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar. He presided at the closing Mass as the official legate of Pope Francis to the International Eucharistic Congress.

“The Eucharist is sown and grown in the family,” the cardinal said. “The family is the first communion; the family is the nuclear Church.”

Cardinal Bo said that Pope Francis has spoken frequently about injustice, concentrating primarily on environmental and economic injustice.” However, he said, “the greatest danger to humanity today is the destruction of the family. Sadly, even among the Catholic Church understanding of the family is contested.”

The cardinal saluted the host country, the Philippines, as the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, and thus the starting point for evangelization of the continent. However, he said, “The Philippines needs hope. The Church needs hope.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 02, 2016 6:55 PM ET USA

    Nuclear weapons can only kill the body. The destruction of the family kills the soul.