In 2013 Pope Francis has shown us that he is as strong a defender of unborn babies from abortion as Pope Benedict

It is a mistake to think that Pope Francis is not in continuity with Pope Benedict and Blessed John Paul II on vital moral issues, such as the imperative to defend the sanctity of life of unborn babies from the scourge of abortion. Over the past ten months Pope Francis has spoken out clearly against abortion and has made a number of powerful, prophetic actions.

May 2013 

Pope Francis meets the third annual Italian March for Life

Pope Francis surprised 20,000 pro-lifers on Rome’s  third annual Italian March for Life by joining them on the  Via della Conciliazione after he finished his first canonization Mass and the weekly Regina Caeli prayer on Sunday. Before praying the Marian prayer, the Pope acknowledged the presence of the group. “I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception.”

August 2013

Pope Francis’ letter to Brazilian families for National Family Week 

In his letter to Brazilian families for National Family Week Pope Francis took up Pope Benedict’s and Blessed John Paul II’s warning of the threat posed by relativism to the sanctity of human life. which Pope Francis wrote is manifested in a throw away culture that disposes of people by labeling them ‘waste’. Pope Francis wrote, ”In a particular way, faced with the culture of waste, that relativizes 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, recognizing in it a gift from God and an assurance of mankind’s future, but also in the care shown to the elderly, particularly to grandparents, who are the living memory of a people and the transmitters of life’s wisdom.’

September 2013

Pope Francis meets the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

Pope Francis made a special appeal to gynecologists to protect the fundamental right to life of  unborn children at his audience with the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations. The Holy Father said, ‘Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations or in the developed societies. Each child that is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!’.

Pope Francis meets the Pontifical Academy for Life

Francis met with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life in late September and reiterated his clear stance against abortion, as well as his call to bring the message of life to society in new ways. Archbishop Fernando Chomali told EWTN about Pope Francis’ words of encouragement to the Pontifical Academy for Life, ‘He told us to always remember that today we must go against the tide, because unfortunately the culture that exists does not respect life in all its stages, doesn’t recognize the value of life, but rather efficiency,” the archbishop said. “He told us that in being aware of this, we have great courage to continue forward.”

October 2013

Pope Francis prays over medical instruments former abortionist used to kill babies

Pope Francis prayed over medical instruments used to kill babies through abortion and gives his mandate to defend life to a converted abortionist doctor. Dr. Antonio Oriente, a doctor from Sicily who has renounced abortion, has handed Pope Francis the medical instruments he used to kill babies, which the Holy Father took back with him to his rooms in Santa Marta to pray over. Pope Francis also gave Dr. Antonio Oriente a ‘mandate to evangelize the pro life [message] and to defend life itself.’

Pope Francis address at Pontifical Council for the Laity’s conference on ’Mulieris Dignitatem’ 

In his address to the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s conference to mark the 25th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter ‘Mulieris Dignitatem’ Pope Francis said that while recognising the social and cultural changes around the role of women, God’s call to maternity remains fundamental to the dignity of women and respect for human life. ’Pope Francis said women’s “vocation and mission” today remain essentially connected to their capacity for motherhood, but warned against unjustly restricting their participation in the Church or civil society on that basis. Many things can change and have changed in our cultural and social evolution, but the fact remains that it is the woman who conceives, carries in her womb and gives birth to the children of men. This is not simply a biological matter, but carries a wealth of implications for the woman herself, for her way of being, for her relationships, for the way in which we lend respect to human life and to life in general. Calling a woman to maternity, God entrusted the human being to her in an altogether special manner.”

November 2013

Pope Francis’ homily about apostasy among those Catholics who promote abortion and euthanasia

During one of his homilies at St Martha’s Pope Francis criticised progressive Catholics for the human sacrifices that they make in order to conform to the spirit of the world, which must be a reference to their advocacy and support of abortion, contraception and euthanasia. The Holy Father categorised this desire to conform to the spirit of the world as the apostasy described in Robert Hugh Benson’s ‘Lord of the World’, ”And with a reference to the 20th century novel “Lord of the World” that focuses on the spirit of worldliness that leads to apostasy, Pope Francis warned against the desire to “be like everyone else” and what he called an “adolescent progressivism”. “What do you think?” – he said bitterly – “that today human sacrifices are not made? Many, many people make human sacrifices and there are laws that protect them”.

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis used his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium to clearly defend the right of unborn babies to life and to re-iterate that modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion:

’213-214. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right…Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.’


Every unborn child unjustly condemned to to be aborted bears the face of Christ – Pope Francis

 Pope Francis takes up Pope Benedict’s and Blessed John Paul’s warning about the threat of relativism to the sanctity of human life

 Doctor who renounced abortion hands Pope Francis medical instruments he used to kill babies

Pope Francis tells pro-lifers to have courage to go against the tide of the culture of death

Pope Francis says God’s call to maternity is fundamental to the dignity of women and respect for human life

Pope Francis’ criticism of the ‘human sacrifices’ of progressive Catholics must be about abortion and euthanasia

Modernisers and progressives will not change the Church’s doctrine on abortion, writes Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

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