Papal message: do not combat suffering by killing infants who suffer
May 26, 2016
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in the name of Pope Francis to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic in Rome on the occasion of a conference devoted to perinatal hospice care.
The Pope called for perinatal care characterized by closeness to the suffering and the rejection of a “throwaway culture that proposes only paths to death, thinking that suffering can be eliminated by suppressing those who suffer,” in the words of Cardinal Parolin.
Pope Francis also called for “the service of the person and in the progress of medical sciences, with constant reference to perennial human and Christian values, seeking to respond fully to poverty such as the situation of the child with grave pathologies, with the greatest of love, promoting a concept of science that serves and does not select.”
- Messaggio in occasione del Convegno “Custodire la vita” (Roma, Policlinico A. Gemelli) (Holy See Press Office)
- The Pope praises the Gemelli Hospital's "Perinatal Hospice" initiative (Holy See Press Office)