Vatican City, Nov 9, 2015 / 10:40 am
Pope Francis praised pro-life activists as "Good Samaritans" to the most vulnerable, citing their commitment to defending life at all stages and their role in affirming the dignity of women.
Meeting Nov. 6 with members of Italy's pro-life movement, the Pope called on those present "to protect the most vulnerable people, who have the right to be born into life, as well as those who ask for a healthier and more dignified existence," according to the Vatican Information Service translation.
"There is a need to work at different levels and with perseverance, in the promotion and defense of the family, society's foremost resource, especially with reference to the gift of children and the affirmation of the dignity of the woman," he said.
The pontiff's remarks Friday came during a private audience with the 510 pro-life activists who were taking part in the Nov. 6-8 the Congress of the Movement for Life held in Sacrofano, Italy.