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No. 34 • January - June 2002 • Page 142
 •  Initiatives

Torreciudad, Spain Conference on volunteer work

During the third weekend of April, Torreciudad hosted the Third Conference on Volunteer Work, organized by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Cooperación Social and the Board of Directors of Torreciudad. The participants, more than one hundred fifty volunteers and collaborators with the NGO, reflected on «The religious sense of life, a spur towards solidarity.»

Archbishop Elias Yanes Alvarez of Saragossa celebrated Mass for the participants. In his homily he asked them to strive to «create favorable conditions for families to have more children and to be in solidarity with humanity.» He insisted on «the deep tie between demography and vocations,» since «families are the ones who spread Christian values and have children.»

Among those taking part in the work sessions were Andres Ollero, Professor of Philosophy of Law at Juan Carlos University and deputy in the Spanish parliament; Pilar Lara, President of the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture; Riay Tatary Bakry, President of the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain; Mariano Burgo, Executive Secretary of the Federation of Evangelical Religious Groups in Spain; Angel Garcia, founder and president of the NGO «Messengers of Peace»; and Juan Jose Toribio, director of the IESE Graduate School of Business in Madrid, and previous executive director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

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