A day after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished constitutional protections for abortion, Pope Francis honoured families on Saturday and warned them to avoid “selfish” actions that are indifferent to life as he concluded a significant Vatican gathering.

In his homily, Pope Francis avoided bringing up the decision or specifically mentioning abortion. However, he repeated the catchphrases he has used frequently throughout his pontificate about the need to uphold families and denounce a “culture of waste,” which he says is the cause of society’s acceptance of abortion.

“Let us not allow the family to be poisoned by the toxins of selfishness, individualism, today’s culture of indifference and waste, and as a result lose its very DNA, which is the spirit of welcoming and service,” he said.

The pope urged them not to adhere to self-centered desires, observing that some couples let their worries and anxieties to “thwart the desire to introduce new lives in the world.”

“You have been asked to not have other priorities, not to ‘look back’ to miss your former life, your former freedom, with its deceptive illusions,” he said.

Francis has firmly defended the teaching of the church that aborting a child is wrong, comparing it to “hiring a hitman to solve a problem.” He has also made it simpler for women who had abortions to be cleansed of the sin of having one by expressing sympathy for them.

According to Catholic teaching, life begins at conception and must be safeguarded and supported until natural death.

At the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, a four-day gathering conducted every few years to aid church workers in providing better pastoral care for families, particularly those in need, Francis gave his homily in a jam-packed St. Peter’s Square.

Given that Pope Francis has a damaged knee and finds it difficult to stand for extended periods of time, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the head of the Vatican’s laity office, conducted the closing Mass in front of tens of thousands of Catholics.

Instead, the pope took a seat next to the altar and gave the homily while seated, though he was easily able to stand up with the aid of a cane for the Gospel reading and other occasions.

The 1973 decision Roe v. Wade, which gave constitutional protections for abortion in the U.S., was overturned on Friday, and the outcome was applauded by the Vatican. The decision opens the way for individual states to prohibit or limit access to abortion, and prohibitions are now anticipated in nearly half of the states in the United States.

The Pontifical Academy for Life, the premier bioethics organisation of the Holy See, stated that it “challenges the whole world” to restart discussion about the necessity of protecting life. Both Italy and the majority of Europe allow abortions.

The Vatican’s editorial director, Andrea Tornielli, called for that discussion to shift away from polarised ideology and toward a dialogue that takes into account concerns about maternal mortality rates and helping women, especially poor ones, with paid parental leave and other assistance when they have children by publishing an editorial on Saturday titled “For Life, Always.”

“Being for life, always, also means defending it against the threat of firearms, which unfortunately have become a leading cause of death of children and adolescents in the U.S.,” Tornielli wrote.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Farrell expressed his gratitude to Francis for his numerous efforts on behalf of families, highlighting in particular his teaching on the importance of grandparents and his “many pronouncements in defence of life.”

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a British Journalist. She is an aspiring journalist with a natural curiosity in how the media functions. She resides in Edinburgh, Britain. She is currently working as a journalist at The Shining Media.

By Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a British Journalist. She is an aspiring journalist with a natural curiosity in how the media functions. She resides in Edinburgh, Britain. She is currently working as a journalist at The Shining Media.

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