Pope Francis stated this Wednesday that “we are all born because someone has wished life for us,” when he led his last general audience of the year at the Vatican. He said it hours after the Argentine Senate signed the bill for the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy into law.
“For us Christians, giving thanks has given its name to the most essential sacrament there is: the Eucharist. The Greek word, in fact, means precisely this: thanksgiving,” said the pontiff during the catechesis he gave from the Palace Library Apostolic of the Vatican.
“Christians, like all believers, bless God for the gift of life. To live is above all to have received life. We are all born because someone has wished life for us“added Jorge Bergoglio in the written message, which is part of a series of catechesis on gratitude that began in December.
“And this is just the first in a long series of debts that we incur while living. Recognition debts. In our existence, more than one person has looked at us with pure eyes, for free“added the Pope.
According to the pontiff, who due to the coronavirus pandemic celebrates Wednesday meetings inside the Vatican and not with the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, “it is often about educators, catechists, people who have played their role beyond the measure requested by duty “.
Francisco, during the Angelus celebrated on December 28. Photo: ANSA.
“And they have given rise to gratitude in us. Friendship is also a gift to be always grateful for,” said Francis, who will close his 2020 activities tomorrow with the celebration of Vespers and the Te Deum of gratitude in the Basilica of St. Peter.
On Tuesday, hours before the session in the Senate began, Francisco had left a suggestive message on his Twitter account. “The Son of God was born discarded to tell us that every discarded person is a child of God,” he wrote.
Just over a month ago, Francisco had spoken out vehemently against abortion, comparing it to “hiring a hit man to solve a problem.”
On that occasion, he assured that abortion “is not primarily a religious matter”, but “of human ethics, prior to any religious confession.”
The truth is that the approval of legal abortion in Argentina opens a clear focus of conflict between the Government and the Church and removes the possibility of the Pope traveling to the country, wrote this week the Catholic intellectual Alver Metalli in the prestigious Italian site Vatican Insider.