In his first ‘State of the World’ address the Pope has made his toughest remarks to date on abortion, describing the practice as ‘horrific’.
Speaking to diplomats inside the Vatican on Monday, Francis said abortion was evidence of the world’s throwaway culture and compared it to other crimes against humanity.
‘‘It arouses horror at the thought that there are children who will never see the light – victims of abortion – or those children who are used as soldiers, raped or killed in armed conflicts, objects in that tremendous market in the form of modern slavery that is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity,’‘ Pope Francis said.
The comments are being interpreted by analysts as a nod to Conservatives inside the church who have criticised Francis for not speaking forcefully enough on the abortion issue since taking charge last March.
The Pontiff also called for a renewed “political will” to end the conflict in Syria, and urged for an end to the violence in the Central African Republic.
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