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Pope Decries Abortion: One Cannot Do Away With a Human Being, Even If Small, to Resolve a Problem

Equates Act’s Way of “Eliminating Someone” to Services of a “Hitman”

Abortion, Pope Francis said today, is a way of “eliminating someone” that is similar to the services of a “hired assassin.”

The Pope deviated from his prepared text to underscore this during his General Audience on October 10, 2018, reflecting on the 5th Commandment “Thou shall not kill.” He reminded: “The ‘he’ or ‘she’ that one presents as a problem, is, in reality, a gift from God, which can make me come out of my egocentrism and make me grow in love.”

The Pope decried “the suppression of human life in the maternal womb, in the name of safeguarding other rights.”

“But how can an act that ‘does away’ with innocent and defenseless life in its origin be therapeutic, civil or simply human? I pose the question to you: Is it right to do away with a human life to resolve a problem?”

“One cannot,” it’s not right, he said, “’to do away’ with a human being, although small, to resolve a problem.’

It’s like hiring an assassin to resolve a problem,” stressed the Pontiff, lashing out at a coated “way of speaking.” The “interruption of pregnancy” means to “take one out” directly.”

In the course of his catechesis, the Pontiff said that the idols of this world –money, power, success — often lead man “to reject life.”

The only authentic measure of life, the Holy Father underscored, “is love, the love with which God loves it! The love with which God loves life . . . The love with which God loves all human life.”


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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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