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Pope’s Address to Italian Pro-Life Movement


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Date:
11/6/2015

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ABSTRACTPope’s Address to Italian Pro-Life Movement | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Home About ZENIT The Agency Audience FAQ - Organization Services Copyright legal status Email Facebook Twitter Youtube RSS SUPPORT US NEWSLETTER Edition English Español Français Deutsch Italiano Português العربية Sign in Sign up The world seen from Rome Tweet News Headlines Sections Trips of Pope Francis News Interviews Life Watch Liturgy Rome Notes ... Columns Benedict XVI Bioethics Ecumenism Faith and Reason ... Documents Francis Documents Benedict XVI's Documents Holy See Documents Cardinals' Documents Bishops' Documents Episcopal Conf. Docs. Various Documents The Pope Pope Francis Angelus / Regina Coeli General Audience Editorial ZENIT writers Kathleen Naab Junno Arocho Esteves Deborah Castellano Lubov Tools Sign up Subscribe Give ZENIT as a gift Profile Advertising Mailings Banners Contact General Contact us Write the editors Republishing permission Ideas Testimonies Advertising Technical help Donate A- A A+ http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-address-to-italian-pro-life-movement--2 Pope’s Address to Italian Pro-Life Movement “Do not tire of working for the protection of the most vulnerable persons, who have the right to be born to life, as well as of all those that ask for a healthier and more fitting existence” Tweet Rome, November 06, 2015 ( ZENIT.org ) Staff Reporter | 0 hits Here is a translation of the Pope’s address to participants in the 35th Italian National Congress of Centers of Aid to Life. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Pro-Life Movement! You have come to Rome from all parts of Italy to take part in your National Congress and to renew once again your commitment to defend and promote human life. I greet you all cordially, beginning with your President, whom I thank for the words with which he introduced this meeting. I encourage you to continue your important work in favor of life from conception to its natural end, also taking into account the deeply-felt conditions that so many brothers and sisters must face and sometimes suffer. In the existential dynamics everything is in relation, and one must nurture personal and social sensibility be it in the reception of a new life be it in those situations of poverty and exploitation that strike the weakest and most disadvantaged persons. If on one hand “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, … if we fail to protect a human embryo,” (Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, 120), on the other hand “human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement” ( Ibid., 5). In fact, we witness with sorrow that many persons are tried by difficult conditions of life, which call for our attention and our solidaristic commitment. Yours is not only a social service, although rightful and noble. For Christ’s disciples, to help wounded human life means to go and encounter persons in need, to put oneself at their side, to take charge of their fragility and pain, so that they can rise again. How many families are vulnerable because of poverty, sickness, lack of work and of a house! How many elderly endure the weight of suffering and of loneliness! How many young people are lost, menaced by dependences and other slaveries, and who wait to find confidence again in life! These persons, wounded in body and spirit, are icons of that man of the Gospel that, traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, fell into the hands of brigands that robbed and beat him. He fir.......