Monday, February 06, 2006

Great reminder from Papa

Pope Urges Renewed Respect for All Life

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY - In a strong condemnation of abortion, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the faithful to develop a new respect for life even when it is "sick or damaged."

Marking the Italian Catholic Church's "Day for Life," Benedict stressed the need to protect all human life.

The pontiff cited the 1995 encyclical "Evangelium Vitae," in which the late
Pope John Paul II delivered the Vatican's most forceful condemnation of abortion, artificial contraception, euthanasia and experimentation on human embryos.

"We know well that this truth risks being contradicted by the hedonism of the so-called well-off societies: Life is exalted as long as it's pleasant, but one tends to not respect it any more when it is sick or damaged," Benedict told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square for his Sunday blessing...

...In a similar message during a Mass at the St. Ann parish inside Vatican City, Benedict said people today wrongly think that modern man is the master of life when he is only the custodian. Life depends on God and without God, life disappears, he said.
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