Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2011 / 11:54 am
President of Chile Sebastian Pinera,said March 2 that human rights, especially the right to life from conception to natural death, must be protected in order to achieve comprehensive human development.
President Pinera wrote in an article published in L’Osservatore Romano that “Development has always been a central objective of humanity and constitutes a principal goal for nations, governments and the international community.”
“Benedict XVI’s encyclical 'Caritas in veritate' concentrates in depth on the concept and need for comprehensive development as put forth in the Social Doctrine of the Church,” he continued.
The president noted some of the recent challenges has Chile faced. He recalled the Feb. 27, 2010 earthquake and underscored that the “the Church and civil society should actively participate” on the path toward development.