Vatican City, May 17, 2019 / 11:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis Friday encouraged medical professionals to defend and promote life, highlighting the practice of conscientious objection in today’s healthcare environment.
“Defend and promote life, starting from those who are most defenseless or in need of assistance because they are sick, or elderly, or marginalized,” Pope Francis said May 17.
The pope met with the Italian Catholic Association of Healthcare Workers in Vatican’s apostolic palace and encouraged their commitment to pro-life healthcare.
The pope stressed that just because a medical technique is technologically possible does not mean it is necessarily ethical.
“Any medical practice or intervention on the human being must first be evaluated carefully to see if it actually respects life and human dignity,” he said.