Life is Above a Gift



Pope Francis blesses people with disabilities at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on May 27, 2015. Credit Daniel Ibanez/ CNA



The pontiff observed that protecting the person involves encountering and sustaining those in need of protection, a responsibility which extends “from the center toward the peripheries.”

“At the center, there is Christ,” the Pope said, and it is from “this centrality that you are directed toward the various conditions of human life.”

“The love of Christ pushes us to make ourselves servants of the little and the elderly, of every man and every woman, for whom the primordial right to live should be recognized and protected.”

“Therefore Christ, who is the light of man and the world, illuminates the way in order that science may always be knowledge in service of life.”

“Life is above all a gift,” he said, and this creates hope and a future, so long as it is “enlivened” by familial and social relationships, which in turn “open new perspectives.”

“Loving life means to take care of the other, to love him, to cultivate and respect his transcendent dignity.”

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