Glimpses of ASPAC 2020
Dino Paul and Dr. Deepthy Mathews reflect on their time at the 22nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Faith, Life and Family.
ASPAC 2020, the 22nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Faith, Life and Family was a prolife conference held in Kerala from 17th-19th January, 2020 and organised by Human Life International, along with the Marian Pro-life Movement of the Diocese of Irinjalakuda and supported by the Jesus Youth Pro-life Ministry.
This was one of the best pro-life conferences I have ever attended. Considering the prayer support this event had – 1,000,000 Hail Marys and 100,000 Creeds offered up – the fruits of the event were not surprising. Around 550 participants came for the event from 18 countries, with over 60 international delegates. There were Human Life International (HLI) delegates from across the country as well as representatives from different dioceses and from 12 Jesus Youth regions in India. The inauguration ceremony was one which many will cherish for a long time. The lighting of the lamp was done by three special families: 25-year old Dereena Jose who was born with a disability, and her parents; Drs. Sonia and Reju Varghese Kallelil, a couple with six children; and Martin Nunez with his wife Linette, who has undergone eight C-sections so far to deliver their eight babies. It was a grace-filled moment seeing these real-life missionaries lighting the lamp for this international event. All country representatives came with their flags and traditional attire for the inaugural ceremony and the entire auditorium looked very colourful for this event fittingly called the ‘entrance of colours’.
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