Interreligious Korean Group to Promote Life and Family

SEOUL, South Korea, JULY 18, 2005 ( Believers of various faiths in South Korea have united to form a «Civil Alliance» to protect life from conception until natural death.

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The group also aims to safeguard the family; to encourage couples to have more children; and to guarantee the elderly improved living conditions.

To achieve its goals, the alliance will promote awareness and media campaigns, meetings and special activities.

The alliance comprises Catholics, Protestants and Buddhists. Father Benedict Song Young-ho represents the Catholics, the Reverend Song Kil-won the Protestants, and the Venerable Il-gwan the Buddhists.

The alliance leaders presented the initiative to the public at a recent media conference, reported the Vatican agency Fides.

The three leaders said Korea’s social balance is threatened by a declining birthrate — one U.S. estimate puts the rate at 1.26 children per woman. The leaders also highlighted the need for a social movement to promote fundamental values for the good of society and the nation.

They noted an increasing number of divorces, lack of policies to support families, and a widespread culture of selfishness. To counter these tendencies, the alliance will monitor government policies, point out abuses, and propose laws.

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