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Pope John Paul II

Excerpt from Address to the Diplomatic Corps
Accredited to the Holy See

January 9, 1988


11. ( ... ) In today's context of violence, I consider it my duty to recall the right of absolute respect for human life, in all its stages and whatever the state of health, from conception until its last moments. I equally condemn all form of terrorism which attack the life of innocent people, and also State terrorism which stifles fundamental liberties. ( ... )


Pope Paul VI

Excerpt from Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See

January 14, 1978

How could the Church fail to take up a stern stand, as she did towards duelling and still does towards abortion, with regard to torture and to similar acts of violence inflicted on the human person? Those who order them or carry them out commit a crime, really a very serious one for Christian conscience which cannot fail to react and to do everything in its power to get adequate and effective remedies adopted. ( ... )



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