Vatican     POPE SAYS CRIMES AGAINST LIFE ARE NOT INEVITABLE
On Monday, John Paul II appealed for social action to counter 'the silent and cruel selection of the weakest for unjust elimination'.
   The Holy Father expressed his anguish to 250 persons attending a celebration commemorating the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which was organised in the Vatican by the Pontifical Councils for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers and the Family, and by the Pontifical Academy for Life.
   He said that the laws that 'legalise abortion, euthanasia, sterilisation and the planning of births with methods contrary to life and the dignity of matrimony' are neither 'inevitable' nor a 'social necessity'. On the contrary, they 'constitute a seed of corruption of society and its foundations. Civil and moral conscience cannot accept this false inevitability, as it does not accept the idea of the inevitability of wars or ethnic exterminations'.
   
    Zenit (available soon)
   
    15/2/00

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