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Church sends out mixed message on family day

04 February 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
 
Catholic laity in Italy took to the streets of Rome in their hundreds of thousands last Saturday to protest against proposed legislation to allow legal rights for gay couples and limited same-sex adoption, writes Christopher Lamb.The Family Day gathering – estimated by organisers to have reached 2 million people, although La Stampa newspaper said it was closer to 300,000 – saw groups such as Catholic Action and the Neo-Catechumenate Way descend on the Circus Maximus with banners stating that children have a right to a mother and father. On Tuesday the bill was debated in the Italian Senate; a final decision is expected later this month, after which it goes to the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies. The author of the bill Monica Cirinnà told legislators: “Rights




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