Why the only future worth building includes everyone | Pope Francis

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the spiritual leader provides illuminating commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail. “Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number,” he says. “We all need each other.”

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The Church’s Constant Teaching on Life

0_Basilique_Saint-Pierre_-_Rome_(2)The Incarnation of Jesus Christ the Son of God, into the human condition has served to forever change the meaning and value of human life. His incarnation has restored upon the face of humanity, the image of God, which had been disfigured through sin. As part of the restoration of the divine image upon the human countenance, the value of each and every human being has thus been invested with inestimable worth. No longer can it be said that the human is far from God but indeed God in Jesus has joined Himself to the human being and become one like them and so has raised it to the dimension of its origins.

In the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae St John Paul II has written clearly about the Church’s teachings on the value of each and every human life. He writes that human life is specifically “holy” and “good” because “the life which God gives man is quite different from the life of all other living creatures, inasmuch as man, although formed from the dust of the earth (cf. Gen. 2:7, 3:19; Job 34:15; Ps 103:14 Ps 104; 29), is a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of His presence, a trace of His glory (cf Gen. 1:26-27; Ps 8:6) ” (n.34).

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On Conscience. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

onconscienceBefore he ascended the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, a man of unparalleled theological understanding with a natural genius for teaching. Co-published by The National Catholic Bioethics Center and Ignatius Press, On Conscience combines two lengthy essays written by Cardinal Ratzinger and originally delivered as speeches while he presided as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both speeches were presented at workshops hosted by The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Dallas, Texas. They explore the vital importance of conscience and its exercise in particular circumstances.

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ on the Transmission of Life


§ 80. Marriage is firstly an “intimate partnership of life and love” which is a good for the spouses themselves, while sexuality is “ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman”. It follows that “spouses to whom God has not granted children can have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms”. Nonetheless, the conjugal union is ordered to procreation “by its very nature”. The child who is born “does not come from outside as something added on to the mutual love of the spouses, but springs from the very heart of that mutual giving, as its fruit and fulfilment”. He or she does not appear at the end of a process, but is present from the beginning of love as an essential feature, one that cannot be denied without disfiguring that love itself. From the outset, love refuses every impulse to close in on itself; it is open to a fruitfulness that draws it beyond itself. Hence no genital act of husband and wife can refuse this meaning, even when for various reasons it may not always in fact beget a new life.

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Pope Francsis: Human Dignity from Conception to Natural Death

OSSROM93125_Articolo-300x212(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday speaking to the members of the Italian Committee for Bioethics, underlined how the Church supports the efforts of civil society to promote, “the search for truth and goodness on complex human and ethical issues”. He told those gathered that the Church had a sensibility to ethical issues adding that “the Church did not claim any special voice in this field.” But, what he highlighted was the importance of serving man, all men and women, he said, with special attention and care, from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, who are struggling find the their voice. On this level, he said, “the ecclesial community and civil society meet and are called to cooperate, in accordance with their distinct skills.”

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Bioéthique : l’appel du Pape à la prudence

PAPA-FRANCISCO-64-300x199-1(RV) Le Pape François a exprimé ce jeudi sa préoccupation face au développement accéléré des sciences et des technologies biologiques et médicales. Le Saint-Père recevait les membres du Comité italien de bioéthique institué il y a plus de 25 ans. L’occasion pour lui de mettre en garde contre le risque de perdre toute référence autre que l’utilité et le profit, surtout dans le contexte actuel marqué par le relativisme et scepticisme quant aux facultés de la raison humaine.

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Les textes en Français du Pontificat de Pie XII sur la santé

popeLe Centre Catholique des Médecins Français (CCMF) nous offre un aperçu des textes magistériels du pontificat de Pie XII. “Nous, les médecins, ont une grande dette de gratitude à Pie XII et de son enseignement. Pape Pacelli, en fait, était une personne d’une grande sensibilité, qui a consacré beaucoup de temps et beaucoup d’efforts en faveur de médecins catholiques et d’autres travailleurs de la santé et de la vie”. (Dr. Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, Ancient-président de la Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques, FIAMC).

Pour consulter la page ‘Pie XII et la Santé, 1939-58’ sur le site du CCMF, cliquez ici.