On 9 May, in Rome, before UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and members of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Co-ordination (CEB), Pope Francis referred to the “inviolable” quality of the life of our fellow-men, “from conception through to its natural end“.
In his opening address, the UN Secretary General paid tribute to the Argentinean Pope for his personal commitment “to eradicate poverty” and “promote human dignity“. In response, Pope Francis thanked all UN members, “the people in charge of the international system for the major efforts accomplished [primarily] […] to promote human dignity and protect individuals“. He then implored them “to oppose the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death, which, unfortunately could be passively accepted“.
On the same weekend, Pope Francis announced his support to the March for Life in Canada and begged for “‘every individual’s inviolable right to life be given adequate legal protection’ “.