Vatican City, Jan 1, 2020 / 05:15 am
Pope Francis began the new year with a call for the dignity of women to be honored -- not exploited for profit and pornography -- in 2020.
"How many times is the woman's body sacrificed on the profane altars of advertising, profit, pornography, exploited as a surface to be used," Pope Francis said in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 1.
"If we want a better world, which is a house of peace and not a war zone, we have to care for the dignity of every woman," the pope said.
Pope Francis said that our level of humanity can be judged by how we treat a woman's body, "the most noble flesh in the world" and "the culmination of creation."