Last Saturday, in an address to the Italian Science and Life Association, the Holy Father listed the “scourge of abortion” as the number one contemporary attack on human life. It is just one of several pro-life statements Pope Francis has made in recent weeks, reinforcing Church teaching in support of the unborn, the elderly, marriage and the family ahead of the October Synod on the Family. Here below we publish 5 of the Pope’s most recent pro-life statements.
1. Saturday, May 30, 2015 address to the Italian Science and Life Association
“The degree of progress of a civilization is measured by its ability to protect life, especially in its most vulnerable stages, rather than by the spread of technological tools. When we speak of man, let us never forget all the attacks on the sanctity of human life. The scourge of abortion is an attack on life. Allowing our brothers on the boats in the Strait of Sicily is an attack on life. Deaths caused at work because the minimal safety conditions are not respected is an attack on life. Malnutrition is an attack on life. Terrorism, war, violence are attacks on life; but euthanasia is as well. To love life means always talking care of the other, wanting his own good, and cultivating respect for his his transcendent dignity.”