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Pro-Life Program to Highlight the Value of Human Life

May 16, 2022

Marco Carvalho

Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang was one of the guests of honor at the opening of the exhibition Love that Made Man. The ceremony took place last Saturday at the Macau Cardinal Newman Center of Culture and Performing Arts and marked the beginning of the pro-life fortnight organized by the Macau Diocesan Commission for Life.

The exhibition, which will be held until the 23rd of May, “illustrates the origins of life with interesting medical information and scientific knowledge in the context of Catholic belief,” the Diocesan Commission for Life explains in a press release.

The exhibition, which has guided visits to be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, offers visitors the opportunity to embark on “an amazing journey on how life is created from the moment of conception to the birth of a baby”, the organizer adds.

In the speech he made on the occasion, Bishop Stephen Lee told the attendants that “each stage of life is beautiful and precious” and he emphasized that physical disabilities do not jeopardize human dignity. The Bishop of Macau called for the protection and defense of life.

In addition to hosting the exhibition, the Cardinal Newman Center of Culture and Performing Arts also hosted the first of three roundtable discussions that are being co-organized by the Macau Diocesan Commission for Life and organizations such as the Association of Parents of the People with Intellectual Disabilities, the Macau Breastfeeding and Nurturing Promotion Association, the Good Shepherd Center and the Macau Diocesan Social Communications Center. In the first discourse, entitled “Family Planning and Health,” three professionals from the medical sector discussed issues such as natural family planning, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The legal procedures that guide the adoption process in Macau sets the tone for the second roundtable discussion, which takes place this Saturday. Representatives of the Social Welfare Bureau and the Good Shepherd Centre will explain the legal procedures couples need to have in mind, so that they can adopt a child. The same speakers will also address the support mechanism being offered by the local authorities to single mothers in Macau.

The third and final lecture being promoted by the Catholic Diocese of Macau as part of the pro-life fortnight that started on May 7th, will discuss on May 21st, pre and post-natal care. Five experienced professionals from the counseling services sector will address issues such the emotional adjustment to pregnancy, child development or the support service that parents and families who care for intellectually-disabled children are offered.

On the very same day, the Cardinal Newman Center of Culture and Performing Arts will promote a painting workshop aimed at young children. The initiative aims to promote artistic expression as a means of conveying and encouraging dialogue and sharing.