Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 11, 2013 / 03:26 am
Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez encouraged a gathering of thousands of teens to deepen their respect for all human life and to show society how to reach out in love and compassion to all those in need.
"Our job as Christians is to show our society a new way. A way of love. A way of welcoming and hospitality," he said Oct. 9.
He stressed the need to defend "the sanctity and the dignity of all human life – from conception, through life until natural death."
"We need to reach out to everyone with the helping hand of Jesus Christ – from the woman expecting a child to the handicapped and the aged. We need to be people of mercy and understanding – welcoming to everyone."