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Video message of the Holy Father Francis on Earth Day and his Earth Day Twitter Tweet below.
Videomessage of the Holy Father
Brothers and Sisters:
In this celebration of Earth Day, it is always good to remember things that we say to each other so that they do not fall into oblivion. For a long time we have become more aware that nature deserves to be protected, even if it is for the fact that human interactions with God's biodiversity [that God has given us] must be done with the utmost care and respect: taking care of biodiversity , take care of nature. And this in this pandemic we have learned much more. This pandemic has also shown us what happens when the world stops, pauses, even for a few months.
And the impact that this has on nature and on climate change, in a sadly positive way, right? I mean, it hurts.
And this shows us that global nature needs our lives on this planet. It affects us all, although in multiple, diverse and unequivocal ways. And so it is. It also teaches us more about what we need to do to create a just, equitable, environmentally safe planet.
In short, the Covid pandemic has taught us this interdependence, this sharing of the planet. And both global catastrophes, Covid and the weather, show that we don't have time to wait. Time is pressing on us and, as Covid-19 has shown, we do have the means to face the challenge. We have the means. It is time to act, we are at the limit.
I would like to repeat an old saying, Spanish: "God always forgives, men forgive from time to time, nature does not forgive anymore." And when this destruction of nature is triggered, it is very difficult to stop it, but we still have time. And we will be more resilient when we work together instead of alone. The adversity that we are experiencing with the pandemic, and that we already feel it in climate change, has to drive us, it has to drive us to innovation, to invention, to seek new paths. A crisis does not come out the same, we come out better or worse. This is the challenge, and if we do not get better, we are on a path of self-destruction.
May all of you ... I also join you, in a call to all the leaders of the world: to act with courage, to act with justice and to always tell the truth to people, so that people know how to protect themselves of the destruction of the planet, how to protect the planet from the destruction that many times we trigger.
Thank you for what you do, thank you for the good intention, thank you for meeting everyone and prosperity for everyone.
[Vatican.va] [Original text: Spanish]
We have broken the bonds of our relationship with the Creator, with our fellow human beings, and with the rest of creation. We need to heal the damaged relationships that are essential to supporting us and the entire fabric of life. #EarthDay— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 22, 2021
It has been two years since the ruling of South Korea’s Constitutional Court on the decriminalization of abortion. Therefore, the Committee of pro-life bishops has issued a statement.
We strongly urge the amendment of the Criminal Law to protect the lives of the unborn child!
Korean Bishops' - Family and Life Committee 2021-04-15
We strongly urge the amendment of the criminal law that protects the lives of the unborn child!
On April 11, 2019, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea ruled ``constitutional nonconformity'' for abortions specified in the Criminal Law, and decided to amend the laws related to abortion by December 31, 2020. Thus, the government and members of the National Assembly each proposed a bill to the National Assembly and urged the enactment of a new law. However, the National Assembly was caught in struggle and antagonism due to the gains and losses of political interests of the opposition parties, wasting time, and the abortion law amendment was not properly handled even by the Legislative Judicial Committee and passed the time limit for amendment to the law prescribed by the Constitutional Court. As a result, Korea is now in a state of unprecedented blank abortion law, with no new laws being revised and invalidation of the existing criminal law that stipulated the crime of abortion.
This situation in the country is causing confrontation and conflict between those who advocate the complete abolition of abortion crimes and those who are fundamentally opposed to abortion, and confuse health care workers as well. Millions of fetuses conceived each year are exposed to the threat of abortion without any protection, and how foolish is that the state neglects it and is concerned only with a declining population? Abortion, which is carried out without any sense of guilt, spreads the trend of neglecting life in our society. This will further promote and accelerate a culture of pathological death such as infanticide, child abuse, perpetual murder, and suicide, and a culture of anti-life leading to extreme egoism.
Accordingly, the Family and Life Committee of the Catholic Church of Korea is seriously concerned about the present reality and reaffirms the position of the church to legislative officials and citizens of the Republic of Korea as follows.
1. Fetal life must be respected and protected according to human dignity. It is a grave error to rule that the unborn child, a true human life, can be sacrificed in order to protect a woman's right to self-determination.
2. Legalization of abortion is no different from public recognition of murder by the state. The abolition of abortion violate the spirit of the Constitution that recognized the human rights of the unborn child, and contradicted the judgment of the Constitutional Court that recognized the public interest of'protecting the life of the unborn child'.
3. Korea cannot be happy by sacrificing a fetus. Therefore, I urge the National Assembly to legislate a bill to protect the life of the unborn child as soon as possible.
4. The Catholic Church in Korea declares that choosing life is the most valuable thing. Therefore, we will continue to carry out the movement to protect life to build a culture of life that respects not only the life of the unborn child, but also all lives.
Bishop Seong-hyo Lee, Chairman
of the Family and Life Committee of the Catholic Church of Korea on April 15, 2021
Source: Catholic Bishops Conference of South Korea:
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تشرفت اليوم بزيارة قداسة البابا @Pontifex_ar،— Saad Hariri (@saadhariri) April 22, 2021
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LETTER FROM HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON THE OCCASION OF THE XXVII IBERO-
AMERICAN SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
To His Excellency
Mrs. Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis
of the Ibero-American General Secretariat
In greeting you attentively, Mrs. General Secretary, I wish, through this letter, to send my greetings to all the Heads of State and Government participating in the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, in a particularly difficult context due to the terrible effects of the pandemic of Covid-19 in all areas of daily life, which has demanded enormous sacrifices from each Nation and its citizens, and which calls on the entire international community to commit, united, with a spirit of responsibility and fraternity, to face the many challenges already in action, and those who will come.
First of all, I want to remember the millions of victims and sick people. I pray for them and their families. The pandemic has made no distinctions and has hit people of all cultures, creeds, social and economic strata. We all know and have felt the loss of a close person who has died from the coronavirus, or who has suffered the effects of the contagion. We are all aware of how hard it is for families not to have been able to be close to their friends or relatives to offer them closeness and comfort in those moments. We have all seen how the consequences of this tragic situation have impacted on so many children and young people and we follow with concern the effects it may have on their future. The hard work of the doctors, nurses, health personnel, chaplains and volunteers is commendable, who,
Recognizing the efforts in the search for an effective vaccine for Covid-19 in such a short time, I wish to reiterate that extensive immunization should be considered a “universal common good”, a notion that requires concrete actions that inspire the entire research process. , production and distribution of vaccines.
In this area, initiatives that seek to create new forms of solidarity at the international level are particularly welcome, with mechanisms aimed at guaranteeing an equitable distribution of vaccines, not based on purely economic criteria, but taking into account the needs of all, especially those of the most vulnerable and needy.
On several occasions I have pointed out that we have to come out "better" from this pandemic, since the current crisis is a propitious occasion to rethink the relationship between the person and the economy that helps to overcome the short-circuit "of death that lives in all places and at all times ”. For this reason, we must join forces to create a new horizon of expectations where economic benefit is not the main objective, but rather the protection of human life. In this sense, it is urgent to consider a recovery model capable of generating new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions, aimed at the universal common good, fulfilling God's promise for all people.
Particular consideration should be given to the need to reform the international debt "architecture", as an integral part of our common response to the pandemic, since the renegotiation of the debt burden of the countries most in need is a gesture that will help the peoples to develop, to have access to vaccines, health, education and employment. Such a gesture must be accompanied by the implementation of sound economic policies and by good administration that reaches the poorest.
I highlight the urgency of taking measures that allow access to external financing, through a new issuance of Special Drawing Rights, calling for greater solidarity between the Countries, which allows the funds to be used to promote and encourage economic development. and productive, so that everyone can get out of the current situation with the best chance of recovery.
None of this will be possible without a strong political will that has the courage to decide to change things, mainly priorities, so that it is not the poor who pay the highest cost for these dramas that are hitting our human family.
Wishing the best successes to the XXVII Ibero-American Summit, I assure you of my prayers for the meeting to be fruitful, and I invoke abundant divine blessings on all the participants and the peoples they represent.
From the Vatican, April 21, 2021