Benedict XVI Urges Doctors to Serve Life

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Life is a value that shows the wisdom and love of God, and every doctor in the world should be at the service of life, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope said this today to a numerous group of Italian doctors who were among the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience.

He told the health care professionals that the defense of life is «an eloquent testimony of human and Christian solidarity.» And he asked them to put their skills «at the service of the human being from conception until natural death.»

The Holy Father invited the doctors to «carry on with generosity in your precious service to life, a fundamental value in which the wisdom and love of God is reflected.»

«May your work be enriched every day with a deep spirit of faith,» he said, «and animated by fidelity and consistence with the principles that should inspire the activities of every doctor.»

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