Condoms given to bishops

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Catholic bishops, already waging a bitter battle with the government over birth control, received an unwelcome gift on Monday when female activists delivered them two baskets of condoms.

Members of the leftist Party of the Workers presented the condoms to mark International Women’s Day as they picketed the headquarters of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference. They also asked the bishops to bless the two baskets but no bishop was present at the time to respond.

“We humbly ask the bishops to bless the condoms as a conciliatory gesture to unite for reproductive health and women’s rights,” said Judy Ann Miranda, the party’s secretary-general.

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