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Pope Francis sends support to March for Life in Washington, DC

Pro-life demonstrators march towards the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, DC, on Friday. - AFP

Pro-life demonstrators march towards the US Supreme Court during the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, DC, on Friday. - AFP

28/01/2017 07:56

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent his support to the March for Life, which took place in Washington, DC, on Friday.

The Message – sent by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin – said Pope Francis “trusts that this event, in which so many American citizens speak out on behalf of the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, will contribute to a mobilization of conscience in defense of the right to life and effective measures to ensure its adequate legal protection.”

Each year, the March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of people to the United States capital to call for the protection of the unborn, and end to euthanasia, and to promote other pro-life issues.

The full text of the Message is below

His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the many thousands of young people from throughout America gathered in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington for the annual March for Life. His Holiness is profoundly grateful for this impressive testimony to the sacredness of every human life. As he has made clear, “so great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right… can justify a decision to terminate that life” (Amoris Laetitia, 83). He trusts that this event, in which so many American citizens speak out on behalf of the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, will contribute to a mobilization of conscience in defense of the right to life and effective measures to ensure its adequate legal protection. To all present the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord.

 

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

28/01/2017 07:56