Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
"The important mission of the Church" in pastoral healthcare finds inspiration in the teaching of Blessed John Paul II, but especially in his testimony of the "slow Calvary, which marked his last years", with a "vision of pain and suffering illuminated by the death and resurrection of Christ", said Pope Benedict XVI Saturday as he greeted participants at the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Healthcares plenary assembly.
The meeting, which is in its 26th edition, opened two days ago in the Vatican on the theme "Pastoral health care at the service of life in the light of the Magisterium of Blessed John Paul II".
In his address, Pope Benedict recalled the commitment his predecessor to the sick: More