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The needy are ‘masterpieces of God’s creation’, says Pope

By on Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pope Francis blesses a woman at Castel Gandolfo last Sunday (AP)

Pope Francis blesses a woman at Castel Gandolfo last Sunday (AP)

Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholics in Britain and Ireland in preparation of the annual Day for Life, highlighting the need to care for life from conception until its natural end.

He said in his message that all life is valuable and worthy of care, no matter the circumstance.

“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that it is due.”

The theme for this year’s Day for Life is “Care for Life – It’s Worth It”, inspired by a homily by Pope Francis in 2005. In the homily, he said: “All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth… to give life is to open [our] heart, and to care for life is to [give oneself] in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.”

More than 500,000 leaflets have been sent out in England and Wales alone in preparation for this year’s Day for Life, which takes place next Sunday.

This year’s day focuses on “care for unborn children and their mothers, care for people who are elderly and care for those who are suicidal”.

  • http://jabbapapa.wordpress.com/ Julian Lord

    I wonder how the Bishops Conference of England & Wales will succeed in completely subverting and neutering the purpose of the Day For Life this time ’round ?

  • paulpriest

    Oh that’s easy – they don’t need to worry about watering down/dumbing-down the message

    They simply give the job of delivering the message to the Catholic Communications Network – so nobody ever gets to know about it…

    Want to know how MI6 keeps its top secret documents safe?
    They store them in a place nobody ever goes
    The CCN in-tray…

  • Guest

    1995 (“Evangelium Vitae”, Pope John Paul II):
    “I propose that a Day for Life be celebrated each year in every country…. Particular attention should be drawn to the seriousness of abortion and euthanasia“.

    2013:
    “Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that it is due”.

  • Lucia826

    In all respect to our Holy Father, I think that every human on the face of the earth is a “masterpiece.” We must be cautious to not neglect ALL persons, REGARDLESS of their station in life. The rich and privileged need as much attention, too, but in a different way. The discussions about “life” must reach those who officially condemn life at all stages…By this I mean countries that allow gender-selective abortions, legislated abortions (China), and other forms of torture of the pre-born. The pope seems to not have a word for those privileged people in the world. Did not Jesus speak of the Shepherd who would leave the 99 sheep in the flock to go after the ONE who was lost or stuck in the bramble? The extraordinary emphasis on poverty, with little said of the rest of humanity, is of concern to me.

  • LocutusOP

    As the song goes…”You are not alone.”

  • LocutusOP

    I have to admit that I also found it strange the way Pope Francis worded his statement.

    It was almost the most grudging way a person would endorse a “Day for Life” which, as you point out, Pope John Paul II wanted to be used to draw attention the the seriousness of the pre-meditated killings of the unborn and infirm.

    Although for the nth day in a row, he did manage to squeeze in the materially poor.

  • LocutusOP

    The Catholic Herald is close to the top as regards my favourite Catholic newspaper. However, I do wish you folks would make it easier to find full transcripts.

    A link will normally do, but given this particular message was so short, it would not have been difficult to include all of it.

    From Radio Vaticana:
    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/17/pope_francis:_all_life_has_inestimable_value/en1-711052

  • Lucia826

    Thanks for saying so. Sometimes one does feel like a solitary voice. ;-)

  • Chris

    “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that it is due.”

    I’d like to add Amen Pope Francis!