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Pope pleads for legal recognition of the human embryo

A number of secular media outlets, including Ananova and The Telegraph Group, are carrying reports today of an address given by - does this man ever stop for a breath? - Pope John Paul on the weekend. He told his weekly audience in St Peter's Square that to recognise life means "to guarantee every human being the right to develop according to one's own potential, assuring inviolability from conception to natural death. Regarding in particular the human embryo, science by now has demonstrated that it is an individual human that possesses from fertilisation its own identity," the pope said. "Thus it is logically due that such an identity be legally recognised, above all in its fundamental right to life."