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More than one million people are expected to partake in the Family Day at the Circus Maximus in Rome, which is already full of colorful balloons. Catholics in defense of the family, as the promoters of the Committee “Let us defend our children”, but not only. “For many of them it will not be easy to come to Rome,”  reads the website of the event, but we have to “do everything in our power and beyond it.” Yes, because the stakes in this game are too high: we have to stop the Cirinnà bill and the violent arrogance of legislative manners that have no precedents in our country, with the “only weapon” Italian families have, as the president of the Committee Massimo Gandolfini says: manifesting.

“Being numerous is important” Gandolfini said. Hence family associations and different movements of Christian background are mobilized. But not only them. Also Christians who belong to other Churches, believers of other faiths and non-believers, all united by the same certainty: there is only one family, the one recognized by the Articles. 29 and 30 of the Italian Constitution and which is based on marriage between a man and a woman. Many politicianshave confirmed their presence too. There will be the Democrat Giuseppe Fioroni, former Education Minister, who does not want to be defined as a “Catholic Democrat”. There are 140 MPs registered for participation. Will their consciences be equally present when it comes to voting?

Ernesto Preziosi, the promoter -inside the group of the Democratic Party in the Houseof the document signed by 40 MPs, which puts forward amendments to the Articles 2, 3, 4 of the Cirinnà bill and the elimination of the Art. 5. “Politicians have the halls of the parliament where to express their thoughts and where they are called to propose amendments and to amend through the legislative process. Everyone has their own task”, he says in a news release.

The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, called the event “shareable” and “necessary”. “Children are not a right,” he said during the opening of the Permanent Council of the CEI, and in conclusion he said that “the assimilation going on between marriage and civil unions – with the introduction of an alternative option to family – was addressed within the larger concern with cultural change the West is going through.”

On the eve of this event, last week, Pope Francis commented it clearly during the hearing with the Tribunal of the Roman Rota: “There can be no confusion between the family wanted by God and every other type of union.”

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