human life

Editorial | Many topics, one thread — life

Lives matter.

In the last few years, we have seen variations of this phrase within concentrated movements: Black Lives Matter. Police Lives Matter. Unborn Lives Matter.

What unites all of these movements is the subject at hand — life.

We respect life when we belong

Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.

Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.

People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.

Pope Francis addressed the general assembly of the United Nations in New York Sept. 25.

UNITED NATIONS -- Dealing with war, development, the economy or environmental concerns, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real children, women and men are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

Helping to celebrate the organization's 70th anniversary, Pope Francis visited its headquarters Sept. 25 and pleaded with government leaders and U.N. officials to keep the dignity and sacredness of every human life and the value of all creatures at the center of their concern.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Balanced life includes time for family, work, prayer

Pope Francis waved to faithful and tourists during his Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Aug. 16.

VATICAN CITY -- Work is an important expression of human dignity and of caring for one's family, but today there is a "dangerous tendency" to consider a worker's family obligations as an obstacle to productivity and profit, Pope Francis said.

"But let's ask ourselves: What productivity? And for whom?" he said Aug. 19 at his weekly general audience as he continued a long series of audience talks about the family and family life.

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