SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (ChurchMilitant.com) - Hundreds of thousands participated in a walk for life and family in Costa Rica's capital city.
On Sunday, the second walk for life and family was held in the central park of the city of San José, Costa Rica, which brought hundreds of thousands in support of marriage and children. The event was organized by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Costa Rica. The walk concluded with Mass in the business center of the city, Paseo Colon.
Those gathered included families and young people; many brought posters with pro-life and pro-family messages. Their messages included a defense against abortion and transgenderism.
The Bishop of Alajuela, a subordinate diocese under the archdiocese of San José de Costa Rica, Bishop Ángel San Casimiro Fernández, spoke of the culture of life and the role of the government in his homily, mentioning Pope Francis' words in his apostolic document, Evangelii Gaudium:
[D]efense of unborn life is intimately linked to the defense of any human right. It supposes the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and in every stage of his development. We trust those who rule the reins of the three branches of government, attentive to the deepest convictions of the Costa Rican people, will make every effort to protect the first of all human rights, which is that of life, since this is conceived, as well as that people, resisting campaigns for abortion, both born within the country, as those who try to presure us from fronts of power in the international arena.
Fernández also emphasized that the education of children is the responsibility of the primary educators of the Faith, the parents, not the State. He reaffirmed the role of parents to choose the type of education for their children, depending on its acessibility and quality, as well as their beliefs. The bishop concluded that education of children is a priority of parents.
In 2013, thousands of Catholics marched in the capital in protest against in vitro fertilization and same-sex civil unions. And in October 2011, Costa Rica hosted the Fifth World Pro-Life Congress, which brought speakers from The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institut, Human Life International and Ave Maria Law School, among others.