Pope Francis says world peace is threatened by abortion


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ABSTRACT Pope Francis says world peace is threatened by abortion | CatholicHerald.co.uk Mon 13th Jan 2014 | Last updated: Mon 13th Jan 2014 at 16:29pm Home Latest News Features Comment & Blogs Multimedia Catholic Life Spiritual Life Saint of the week The week ahead The word this week Archive Jobs Advertising Subscribe Hot Topics Pope Benedict XVI Pope Francis Papal Visit 2010 general audience Archbishop Vincent Nichols Latest News Pope Francis says world peace is threatened by abortion By Francis X Rocca on Monday, 13 January 2014 In This Article abortion , environment , human trafficking , hunger , Pope Francis , Syria Share Share | Related Posts Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/06/13 Pope Francis speaks out on human trafficking Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for nuns kidnapped in Syria Pope Francis has made it clear that the protection of unborn life is a fundamental concern ‘Church’s opposition to abortion not subject to modernisation,’ says Pope in new document Zemanta Pope Francis poses with the ambassadors to the Holy See (Photo: CNS) Pope Francis has said world peace requires the defence of human dignity from violations such as world hunger, human trafficking and abortion. The Pope made his remarks in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts and crises he said were caused by “envy, selfishness, rivalry and the thirst for power and money”. Speaking in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia, the vast “royal hall” where popes traditionally received Catholic monarchs, Pope Francis spoke of what he has frequently called a “throwaway culture” exemplified by widespread food waste that leaves children starving or malnourished. “Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food or disposable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as if they were unnecessary,” the Pope said. “It is horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; children turned into merchandise in that terrible form of modern slavery called human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.” The Pope also lamented what he called rising numbers of “broken and troubled families”, which he attributed to both moral and material factors: the “weakening sense of belonging so typical of today’s world” as well as the “adverse conditions in which many families are forced to live, even to the point where they lack basic means of subsistence”. Noting the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in November, Pope Francis warned against “greedy exploitation of environmental resources”, and quoted what he said was a popular adage: “God always forgives, we sometimes forgive, but when nature – creation – is mistreated, she never forgives!” Most of the Pope’s speech was devoted, as usual for the occasion, to geopolitical problems in different regions of the world. The Pope called for an end to the almost three-year civil war in Syria, voicing hope for peace talks and praising neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan for accepting refugees from the conflict. He also noted what he called “significant progress” in ongoing negotiation.......