Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Strange Bedfellows

What do Iran, Comoros, Peru, Poland, Ireland, Chile, Malta, and Saint Lucia have in common? (Click here for newslink.) In the recent negotiations at the UN's Commission on Population and Development, they have all worked together to block expanding acceptance of abortion. Numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) frequently make maneuvers to insert into UN documents ambiguous language that can later be construed to mandate member nations to legalize abortion. These countries have worked together, and often with the Holy See, to find and remove such language from such documents for a variety of reasons: the language would interfere with national sovereignty, abortion is repugnant to the national culture, abortion kills children, abortion harms women, and so on. The reasons are pretty commonsense. They are like little Davids, mostly non-powers on the world scene, banding together to withstand Goliath. Let us each do likewise in our neighborhoods and states, finding creative ways to oppose abortion, and to make such opposition more commonsensical to a world that is losing its mind.

Coincidentally, Malta is a really cool little country. Check it out on Wikipedia.

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