Pope Francis lists abortion, unsafe workplaces among ‘attacks on life’

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June 1, 2015

Demonstrators hold signs during a May 14 pro-life protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all "attacks on life," said Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Chris Wattie, Reuters) See POPE-LIFE June 1, 2015.

Demonstrators hold signs during a May 14 pro-life protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all “attacks on life,” said Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Chris Wattie, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all “attacks on life,” said Pope Francis.

In an audience with members of the Italian Science & Life Association May 30, the pope said “life is a gift” and urged more reflection on how people are treated throughout all stages of life.

“The degree of progress of a civilization is measured precisely by its capacity to care for life, especially in its most fragile phases,” he told the association, which had gathered its members in Rome the previous day to mark its 10th anniversary.

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