ROME, January 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The head of the Pontifical Academy for Life described the pro-life marches and events being held across the US this week as an historic witness to the sanctity of human life and an important example to the world.

“These marches for life that are taking place across the United States are very important, not only for the country, but for the whole world,” Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula told the Catholic News Agency (CNA) yesterday.

“These events which favor human life without limits, from conception until the end, have become a very important historical reference for all other Catholic countries worldwide,” Bishop de Paula said.

“And if we talk about the Vatican as another face of the Church, then we can say the Church supports these marches in the whole world because the participants are the Church themselves,” he added.

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Bishop de Paula was appointed president of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. He had previously served as chancellor of the PAV, bringing his experience as a medical doctor, a professor of bioethics at University of the Holy Cross, and as director of the Institute of Bioethics at the University of the Sacred Heart in Rome to his position.

As the top Vatican official dealing with life issues, Bishop de Paula said the Church fully supports those who engage in the battle to defend the sanctity of life, saying that the Holy See “is well aware that these actions have become very visible in the world, especially in the United States.”

Noting that this year marks the fortieth anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, which has resulted in the slaughter of over 50 million children, Bishop de Paula said the pro-life demonstrations across the nation not only raise awareness of the value of human life, but will lead to the abolition of abortion.

“I really believe that, like slavery, we will be able to eradicate abortion eventually,” Bishop de Paula concluded.