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Pope Francis issues pro-life/pro-family mission statements for all Catholics

13 August 2013


"Parents are called to pass on to their children the understanding that [human life] must always be defended, already in the mother's womb"

Pope Francis issued two strong pro-life/pro-family messages last week.

In a message to Brazilian families, he said: "In a particular way, faced with the culture of waste, that relativises the value of human life, parents are called to pass on to their children the understanding that this must always be defended, already in the mother's womb."

And in a message to a Catholic men's fraternity, he called upon them to "bear witness to the authentic nature of marriage and the family, the sanctity and inviolable dignity of human life, and the beauty and truth of human sexuality."

John Smeaton, SPUC director, commented: "It is clear, from both the details and the contexts, that these are mission statements, not just for parents or for the Knights of Columbus, but for all the faithful." [John Smeaton, 12 August]

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