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On bioethical issues, Church stands with the vulnerable: Pope Francis

January 28, 2016

The Catholic Church does not claim "any privileged voice" in the discussion of medical ethics, but supports "the search for truth and goodness on complex human and ethical issues." That was the message of Pope Francis in a January 28 address to the Italian Committee for Bioethics.

The "ecclesial community and civil society meet and are called to cooperate, in accordance with their distinct skills," in the quest for solution to medical/moral problems, the Pope said. He added that the Church will always focus on "the protection of health from conception until natural death, considering the person in his individuality: always as an end and never simply as a means."

Pope Francis encouraged the Italian committee to give its attention to three issues: environmental degradation, the marginalization of those in need, and international dialogue.



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