Natural Family Planning workshop: scientific insights appreciated
Thirty-two participants from twelve dioceses attended the workshop on Billings Ovulation Method organized by the PNG National Catholic Family Life Apostolate (NCFLA) at Don Bosco, East Boroko on May 7-13. Invited were “those who are dedicated to the cause and that intend to teach the ovulation method”, says coordinator and organizer Sr. Mary Anthida SSpS. Resource persons were two team members of the Billings Team from Australia, Mrs. Marie Marshell from Melbourne and Mrs. Pauline Feehan from Darwin, who enriched the group with very much appreciated scientific findings and teachings.
The application of the ovulation method allows the planning and spacing of pregnancies. It is also a proven diagnostic tool for very early indication of cervical cancer; while women always find it rewarding to observe and learn about the functioning of their own bodies.
At the opening Mass for the workshop Bishop Anton Ball of Kundiawa, PNG Deputy Bishop for Family Life, referring to the national Family Life team, said that “in this time where so many families are torn by difficulties, it is good to see a group striving for the ideal, showing that mutual relationships and deep personal discussions can help to prevent mistrust and violence”. At the end of the course instead Archbishop John Ribat of Port Moresby encouraged the group “to keep up the good work and help many families who are ignorant and suffering”. (CBC Communications 280512 – firstname.lastname@example.org)