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Church beefs up campaign for natural family planning

MANILA, Feb. 20, 2012—The Church’s family and life ministry is beefing up its campaign by facilitating communications nationwide and giving the promotion of natural family planning a boost.

The new chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, DD, in a meeting in Bacolod Saturday directed ECFL diocesan director and workers to take actions to step up the campaign.

Among the initial measures discussed are the updating and distribution of the Directory of Diocesan Directors and Workers for easier coordination, continued formation in Family and Life issues, establishment of NFP centers all over the Philippines, and the construction of a new ECFL website as a means of communication.

Part of the continued formation is the encouragement of sending delegates per diocese to the 7th World Meeting of Families, to be held this year in Milan from May 30-June 3. The World Meeting of Families was established by Pope John Paul II in 1994 as a triennial event.

Fr. Melvin Castro, ECFL Executive Secretary, assisted in the presentation of the ECFL agenda for 2012-2013. Castro made it to the center of Reproductive Health (RH) discussions last year when he participated in two television debates, which resulted in viewers – studio and home – becoming more enlightened about the folly of the legislative measure, based on voting results. (CBCP for Life)