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Protect dignity of life, Pope urges Costa Rica

Catholic World News - December 03, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI stressed “the inviolable dignity of the person, beginning with the unswerving protection of human life,” when he met on December 3 with a new ambassador from Costa Rica to the Holy See.

The Pope told the new ambassador, Fernando F. Sanchez Campos, that he hoped Costa Rica’s tradition of protecting human life would be upheld, and the government would “not violate the rights of the unborn with laws that legitimize in vitro fertilization or abortion.”

The Pope said that he has prayed frequently for the people of Costa Rica, especially in the aftermath of torrential rains that brought heavy flooding to the country. He mentioned with satisfaction the long history of cooperation between Church and state in Costa Rica, and urged the government to work for equality, protection of the environment, and strong families, while rejecting “juvenile delinquency, child labor, injustice, and drug trafficking.”

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