Welcome life even when it requires heroic love: Pope

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall yesterday (CNA/Pablo Esparza)

Pope Francis said yesterday that he asks for St John Paul II’s intercession for all hearts to be inspired with a respect for life and prays for strength for those who welcome life with heroic love. Source: CNA.

“Through the intercession of Mary Most Holy and the holy Polish pontiff, I ask God to inspire in the hearts of all respect for the life of our brothers, especially of the most fragile and defenceless, and to give strength to those who welcome it and take care, even when it requires heroic love,” Pope Francis said in his message to Polish pilgrims.

The Pope’s comments came days after Poland’s constitutional court ruled that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities was unconstitutional. Protestors were filmed interrupting Sunday Masses following the ruling.

The Pope noted that October 22 - the day of the court ruling - was the feast of St John Paul II, and recalled: “He always appealed for a privileged love for the least and the defenceless, and for the protection of every human being from conception until natural death.”

In his general audience catechesis, the Pope said that it was important to remember that “Jesus prays with us”.

Jesus invites each Christian to “pray as He prayed,” the Pope said, adding that Pentecost provided this “grace of prayer for all those baptised in Christ.”

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Pope Francis prays for all hearts to be inspired with respect for life (By Courtney Mares, CNA)

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