Vatican City, Mar 21, 2019 / 10:08 am
Meeting with pediatricians at the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the medical professionals to be "promoters of a culture of solidarity and inclusive health."
"In our time, in fact, increasingly often prevention and treatment become the prerogative of those who enjoy a certain standard of living, and therefore can afford it," he told members of the Italian Federation of Primary Care Pediatricians during a papal audience.
"I encourage you to work to ensure that this inequality is not added to the many others that already afflict the weakest, but rather that the health system assure assistance and preventative care to all, as rights of the person."
The pope met with the group, which has been active in the country for some 40 years and offers support to over 5,500 family pediatricians.