Pope Francis address the pro-life movement in Italy (Movimento per la Vita) on Friday. He stated that human life is sacred and inviolable , adding that every civil right is based on the first fundamental fight...the right to life. According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis said this right is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative nor economic, much less ideological.
One of the most serious risks of the present age, Pope Francis said, is the divorce between economics and morality, so that as the market gives us every technical innovation, it neglects more and more elementary ethical standards.
"Therefore, the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless life, and the unborn child in the womb is the most concrete example of innocence, must be reiterated.” said Pope Francis. “Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: From the moment of its conception, life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.” ( Gaudium et Spes, 51).
Pope Francis also said that for a Christian, it is a part of the witness of the Gospel to protect life with courage and love in all its stages.
“I encourage you to always act with a style of nearness, of closeness: that every woman feels regarded as a person who is heard, accepted, and accompanied,” the Holy Father stated.
Pope Francis also praised two specific activities of the Pro-Life Movement: The “Gemma Project”, which works with woman facing crisis pregnancies; and the “One of Us” Campaign, which is a European Union Citizens’ Initiative requesting the prohibition of EU financing of activities which involve the destruction of human embryos, especially in the areas of research, development cooperation and public health.
The position of the Catholic Church has always been pro-life. It defends the dignity of life from conception to a natural death. Abortion, euthanasia, and suicide are contrary to this belief. The catechism of the Catholic Church states Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end; no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being. (Article 5; paragraph 2258)
Because of the belief that human life is sacred, we are all called to protect the lives of the unborn, the mentally ill, the disabled and the elderly. Everyone, regardless of health, intelligence, or age, needs to be treated with dignity.