Peruvian abortion law prompts call for prayer, fasting

Credit: Fábio Santoro via JMJ Rio 2013-Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes in Peru is calling on the faithful to pray and fast, asking God for the reversal of the nation’s new law allowing some abortions.

In a letter sent Aug. 5, Archbishop Eguren repeated his condemnation of a new protocol on abortion enacted on June 27 by the administration of President Ollanta Humala. He warned that it is “the first norm on abortion in our country” that has “dangerously opened the doors to State-sanctioned abortion on demand.”

In response, he said, greater recourse “to the power of prayer and fasting” is needed, that Christ will grant us the grace “to see this norm that is intrinsically and gravelly immoral overturned.”

“For this reason and after prudent discernment, I have decided to ask that on each first Friday of the month, we hold a Day of Prayer and Fasting in our communities. The Blessed Sacrament should be solemnly exposed in all of our parishes and oratories and in our personal and communal prayer, we should commend to the Sacred Heart of Jesus the unborn children, their mothers and our leaders,” the archbishop said.

“Let us ask for the unborn the gift of a healthy birth, for their mothers the realization of the great gift of motherhood and that they be delivered from all evil, and for our leaders the wisdom to understand that choosing life means ensuring the future of our country,” he stressed.

He added that the faithful should “not forget to make amends on this day to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which has been wounded by this norm on abortion that attacks the dignity of the human person.”

Archbishop Eguren also suggested that Mass and the Rosary be said for these intentions.

“Let us not forget that prayer and fasting are two invincible weapons that Jesus has placed in our hands and that He himself practiced and recommended. The teaching of Jesus encourages us on this journey: 'Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will grant'.”


Voices

In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

Events

February 2015
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28

February 28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

The Tidings - Home Delivery 300x100

Get our news by email

Office for Vocation
Bob Smith BMW 300x250
Bob Smith Toyota 300x250
Bob Smith Mini 300x250