Chile's 'Day of the Unborn Child' to recognize pregnant mothers

Chile's 'Day of the Unborn Child' to recognize pregnant mothers

For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 will officially be celebrated as the Day of the Unborn Child, recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children.

As part of the celebration, the foundation Chile Unido and the Santiago subway system will hand out more than 3000 white roses to pregnant women, as a symbol of the purity of their unborn children.

The purpose of the initiative is to honor pregnant women and to raise awareness about the importance of caring for and protecting expectant mothers.

The flowers will be handed out March 25 at the Baquedano subway station in Santiago from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Volunteers from the foundation, as well as mothers who have been helped by Chile Unido, will help distribute the roses.

Veronica Hoffmann, the executive director of Chile Unido, said the foundation “has been working for 15 years to strengthen the bonds between mother and child, by welcoming and helping pregnant women who are in vulnerable situations.”

The foundation helps mothers in need until their children celebrate their first birthdays, and its work has shed light on the need to ensure healthy births for babies and to promote measures to care for and support pregnant women in their new role as mothers, Hoffman said.

The Day of the Unborn Child was first made a holiday in El Salvador in 1993 and later in Argentina, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Peru, Paraguay, Slovakia, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Brazil and Cuba.


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  • Saturday, October 25

    World Apostolate of Fatima Conference, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (noon Mass, Bishop Alexander Salazar presiding), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (310) 890-7912.

    Our Lady of the Angels Region Congress, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood; $. (310) 216-9587.

    “Sing to the Lord!” formation day for music ministers, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

     “Ethical Care at the End of Life,” seminar addressing end-of-life issues, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Ave., Ventura. (805) 642-6403.

    Holiday Boutique, to support Little Sisters of the Poor, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 548-0625.

    St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy Open House, 10 a.m., 7851 E. Gardendale St., Downey. (562) 861-2271.

    Requiem Mass, for children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth, 10 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 733-2297.

     “Mission Music,” with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, 2 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica, 31520 Camino Capistrano,; $. [714] 928-9567.

    St. Philip the Apostle School Fall Festival, 2-10 p.m., 161 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. (626) 795-9691.

    “Touch & Heal,” Cathedral Chapel  benefit concert, 4:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. concert, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto HS, 2900 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles; $. (323) 930-5976.

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