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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Thousands of Catholics marched yesterday through downtown San Jose in order to “defend life and the traditional family”, at a time when in Costa Rica is discussing issues such as IVF and civil unions between the same sex .

    Dressed in white shirts with messages against abortion and in favor of the family, thousands of Catholics marched through the streets of San Jose up to the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, where there was a mass.

    During the tour, bands sang religious chants of “yes to life” and Catholic songs while dancing to encourage the faithful who came from all over the country.

    The priest and activity organizer, Sergio Valverde, said in a message to the participants that the purpose of the walk is “focus the importance of life and that the family is the foundation of civil society.”

    “We have been called by Pope Francisco to reflect on the family while seeking peace. Faith is that certainty in the family between a man and a woman, children and all, and there’s a wonderful plan of God,” said the priest .

    Valverde described the abortion as “a fad” and something “unjustifiable” and said that a child is “a miracle and a gift from God.”

    “If we do not value family, society going to come down. If the family is well, the country will be fine,” he said.

    This event is presented is in full campaign due to the Costa Rican elections next February, in which citizens choose the president and the 57 members of the Legislative Assembly.

    Groups that defend the rights of sexually diverse have called mobilizing a march like this as hateful and homophobic.

    Last year American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court) ordered the Costa Rican government to ban IVF. There are also movements in favor of abortion, but no bills in that case.

    The Catholic Church has repeatedly expressed its opposition to homosexual unions, abortion and IVF because they consider it to affect the right to life of the unborn and the traditional family. (EFE)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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