Friday, June 10, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI spoke at prayer vigil for Unborn Life recently saying, "The Incarnation reveals to us, with intense light and in a surprising way, that every human life has a very lofty and incomparable dignity. God loves us deeply, totally and without making distinctions. With feeling and gratitude, let us be aware of the value of every human person's dignity and of our great responsibility to all. Each one of us is entitled not to be treated as an object to be possessed or a thing to be manipulated at will, and not to be exploited as a means for the benefit of others and their interests. Love for all, moreover, if it is sincere, tends spontaneously to become preferential to the weakest and poorest. With regard to the embryo in the mother's womb, science itself highlights its autonomy, its capacity for interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological process, the continuity of development, and the growing complexity of the organism. Unfortunately, many times after birth, the lives of children are exposed to neglect, hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, violence and exploitation. I urge politicians and economic leaders to do everything in their power to promote a culture ever respectful of human life. Let us entrust our prayers and our commitment to unborn life to the Virgin Mary who welcomed and nurtured the Son of God made man."