Oct 1, 2013 / 02:06 am
Citing the words of Pope Francis, the leader of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called the faithful to open their hearts to Christ, sharing the Gospel message of mercy and the sanctity of human life.
“Only a tender, compassionate love that seeks to serve those most in need, whatever the personal cost, is strong enough to overcome a culture of death and to build a civilization of love,” said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston.
“Let us open our hearts and reflect on how God might be calling each of us to witness the sacredness of human life and assist in pro-life efforts.”
The cardinal offered encouragement to those defending life in a message for Respect Life Month 2013.
Respect Life Month, which will begin this year on Oct. 6, is a month set aside by the U.S. bishops for prayer and education on issues concerning the sanctity of life in all stages. This year’s theme is “Share the truth about human life,” which “echoes Pope Francis’ call for all people to ‘Open your hearts to life!’” Cardinal O’Malley said. …
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