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1/14/2014 (3 months ago)

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His strongest condemnation yet, some thought pope was not forcefully presenting church's stance on abortion

Pope Francis has recently issued his strongest condemnation yet of abortion. Denouncing it as a "horrific" symptom of a "throwaway culture" that placed too little value on human life, Francis said it was "frightful" to think about early pregnancy terminations.

Pope Francis acknowledged a few months ago that he had said little on issues like abortion and contraception. Francis said it was not necessary to talk about these controversial questions 'all the time.'

Pope Francis acknowledged a few months ago that he had said little on issues like abortion and contraception. Francis said it was not necessary to talk about these controversial questions "all the time."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/14/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, abortion, children, child soldiers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since his election in March, many have felt that the pope had not spoken out against abortion as sternly as his predecessors.

Francis made his recent comments is his annual "State of the World" address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. "It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day," he said in a speech addressing the rights of children around the world.

Save children from the horrors of abortion here!

"Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary."

There had been concern in some quarters of Roman Catholicism that Francis has not been putting the church's view on abortion forcefully enough. In the past, the Pope's stance favoring mercy and forgiveness over condemnation has made more conservative Roman Catholics uneasy.

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, spoke for many U.S.-based Catholics last year when he said he was disappointed that the pope had not addressed "the evil of abortion" more directly.

Pope Francis acknowledged a few months ago that he had said little on issues like abortion and contraception. Francis said it was not necessary to talk about these controversial questions "all the time."

 Continuing the part of his speech about children, Pope Francis also deplored their use as "soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity."

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

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Pope Francis calls for your 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women:
That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.



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