Pope Francis: ‘Let Everything that Breathes Praise the Lord’

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“We must all care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth … to give life is to open our hearts, and to care for life is to give oneself in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in our hearts for others. Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing…

Calling to mind the teaching of Saint Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, [I] encourage all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable value of all human life. Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in [God’s] own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. [I] pray that the Day for Life will help to ensure that human life always receives the protection that is its due, so that ‘everything that breathes may praise the Lord.’ So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.”–Pope Francis

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