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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Encouragement to cherish life

Marking the Caring for Life Convention which is focusing on The Perinatal Hospice as a scientific, ethical and human response to prenatal diagnosis, which is taking place this morning at the Agostino Gemelli University Poli-clinic in Rome, the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent - in the name of Pope Francis - the following message:

Message of His Holiness, Pope Francis
shared with participants in the Convention
discussing perinatal care

To His Excellency, Claudio Giuliodori
Ecclesiastical Assistant General
of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

On the occasion of the scientific event entitled: To care for the earth: Perinatal Hospice, a scientific, ethical and human response to prenatal dignity, which is taking place in the Brasca Hall at the Agostino Gemelli Policlinic in Rome, organized by the Clinic for the Health of Mothers and Children, part of the School of Gynecological and Obstetrical Specialization, the University Centre for Life and the Heart in a Drop Foundation, in the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father, Pope Francis extends to all participants his affectionate thoughts, hoping that this gathering will engender new goals in the service of people and in the progress of medical science in constant reference to human and Christian values, seeking to respond most appropriately to the poverty that faces children who have grave pathologies, with the greatest love, and spreading a concept of science that is at people's service and not aimed at selection.

Expressing his sincere compassion for those who until now have been responsible for providing competent care for people who qualify for admission to the poli-clinic, the Holy Father invites your daily commitment to the plan of God for the protection of life, something that you must undertake with courage and characteristic closeness to others, distancing yourselves from the culture of abandonment which promotes only a plan for death: including the elimination of suffering by eliminating those who suffer.

Asking you to support his Petrine ministry through your prayer through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, he willing imparts to Your Excellency, Professor Giuseppe Noia, the organizers, the scribes, the authorities and all the participants the requested Apostolic Benediction, a pledge of abundant graces and celestial favours.

From the Vatican,
25 May 2016

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness
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