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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Pope Says Defence of Life and Family Urgent as "Numerous Forces Are Trying to Weaken Them"


Pope Benedict XVI spoke in defense of life and the family in an address to citizens and young people of the southeastern Italian port city of Brindisi yesterday.


At a gathering of over 70,000 in the Piazzale Lenio Flacco, the Pope thanked the young people for their enthusiastic support and then spoke on their needs and those of the family and life.


He declared, "Respect for life, and especially attachment to family, [are] exposed today to numerous forces that are trying to weaken [them]."


"What is necessary and urgent even in the face of these challenges, is that all people of good will commit themselves to safeguard the family, the solid base on which to build the life of society!"


He continued, saying, "The other foundation of your society is the Christian faith, that which your ancestors considered as one of the elements that established the identity of Brindisi."


"May adherence to the Gospel, knowingly renewed and lived with responsibility, move you, today as yesterday, to tackle with confidence the difficulties and challenges of the present moment."


"May faith encourage you to respond without compromises to the legitimate expectations of the human and social concerns of your city."


The Holy Father told the youth that their "exuberant voices and desire to live" spoke of their confidence. Yet, he said, he was aware of the burden many of them carried because of the problem of unemployment in southern Italy.


"I know that your youth is threatened by the call of quick profits, the temptation to take refuge in the artificial paradise or the attractive forms of satisfaction distorted by materialism. Do not let down your guard against the snares of evil! Look rather to a life full of values, to give birth to a society more just and more open to the future. Put to good use the gifts which God has endowed you with: strength, intelligence, courage, enthusiasm and the desire to live. And the way of goodness - you know - has a name: it is called love."


He concluded by stating that hope is rooted in authentic love and that the love of God is in fact the "sweet and compassionate face of Jesus Christ. Christ is the answer to your questions and problems, and He defends every honest aspiration of the human being." 


Contact: Thaddeus M. Baklinski

Source: LifeSiteNews.,com

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.