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Pope Francis Lauds European Pro-Life Group


EDWARD PENTIN

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Nat. Cath. Register
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Date:
12/10/2013

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ABSTRACTPope Francis Lauds European Pro-Life Group | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  Dec. 1, 2013 Sign-up for our E-letter!   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Jeanette DeMelo Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Joan Frawley Desmond Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Pope Francis Lauds European Pro-Life Group (1680) Members of the Institute for Human Dignity met with the Holy Father Dec. 7 on the eve of the organization’s fifth anniversary. Tweet by EDWARD PENTIN 12/10/2013 Comments (2) VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has encouraged an international movement that serves as a political counterweight to the growing number of politicians supporting anti-life policies around the world. In a private audience with members of the Institute for Human Dignity Dec. 7, the Holy Father warned there is “no lack of powers and forces” that produce a “throwaway culture,” whose victims are “precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings.” “The unborn, the poorest people, sick, elderly people, gravely disabled people [are] in danger of being ‘thrown out,’” he said. “This false model of man and society embodies a practical atheism, de facto negating the word of God that says: 'Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.'” The Institute for Human Dignity, otherwise known as the Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI), celebrated its fifth anniversary on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Rome-based institute aims to create working groups of politicians around the world to defend man on the basis he is born in the image and likeness of God. The purpose of these groups is to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Dignity in various legislatures around the world. The document, which forms the written basis of the institute, states that man’s most fundamental right is to be recognized as having been created in the image and likeness of God. Currently, there are five working groups on human dignity. Benjamin Harnwell, DHI’s founder, said their work is to promote human dignity in the context of the “immeasurable contribution the Christian faith has given to Western civilization” and to do so “through moderate and reasonable argument.”   Pope: Dignity ‘Cannot Be Suppressed’ After expressing his thanks for the meeting, the Pope reminded those present that the dignity of every man and woman “cannot be suppressed” and “cannot be touched by any power or ideology.” “Unfortunately, in our epoch, so rich in many accomplishments and hopes, there is no lack of powers and forces that end up producing a throwaway culture, and this threatens to become the dominant mentality,” he said. But he stressed that if, instead, man allows himself to be “interrogated” by the word of God, letting it “question” conscience and “shake up our discussions […] then things can change.” “The force of this word poses limits on whoever wants to rule by abusing the rights and dignity of others,” the Pope said. “At the same time, it gives hope and consolation to those who are not able to defend themselves, to those who do not have access to the intellectual and practical means to affirm the value of their suffering, of their rights, of their life.” He added that the Church’s social doctrine is “our compass,” a fruit of which “is the defense of religious liberty, of life in all its phases, of the right to work and to decent work, of the family, of education.” The DHI’s initiatives are, therefore, welcome, he said, helping people, communities and institutions to “rediscover the ethical and social importance of the principle of human dignity, which is the root of liberty and justice.” As well as “raising awareness and formation” so all laypeople and especially politicians can understand this, he also highlighted the importance of reaching out “with sincerity and intellectual honesty” to all those who “at least share — if not the faith — a similar vision of man and society and its ethical consequences.” “There are not a few Christians and nonbelievers who are convinced that the human person must always be an end and never a means,” he said.   Reaching Out to All Addressing Po.......