Pope Francis spoke out strongly in defense of life on Sunday:
After his weekly prayer of the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reached out to Italy’s pro-life movement, encouraging them and expressing his gratitude for their commitment to life. He also summoned all Christians to “a renewed esteem of the human person and a more adequate care of life, from conception to natural death.”
The Pope said that by opening ourselves to life and serving life, “we experience the revolutionary power of love and tenderness, inaugurating a new humanism: the humanism of solidarity, a humanism of life,” he said.
The Pope’s words today followed on other recent declarations. For his annual Christmas message, Pope Francis compared the killing of unborn children to King Herod’s hunt for the baby Jesus, and said that abortion is the result of “the selfishness of a culture that does not love life.”
A week ago, Francis called the maternal womb “the first ‘school’ of communication,” where a person begins to familiarize himself with the outside world “within a protected environment, with the reassuring sound of the mother’s heartbeat.”
On Sunday, the Pope also spoke about the liberating power of the Gospel, saying that not only does it not oppress people, “it frees those enslaved to the many evil spirits of this world: the spirit of vanity, the love of money, pride, sensuality.”
Go here to read the rest. Outside of almost all major cities in the ancient world mounds of abandoned babies could be found, the dying among the dead. Christians and Jews were noted because they refused to abandon their children, they would not abort their unborn and they often rescued from death the abandoned children of pagans. As the West has turned away from Christianity, the pagan belief in the expendability of children has come back in all its fearsome horror. As at the beginning of the Church, so in our day, a hallmark of the Christian is to care with love for the children, who God in His mercy grants Man.