Pope Francis to visit cemetery of aborted babies in South Korea

The “Cemetery for Aborted Children” will be part of the Pope's travel agenda during his trip August 13-18.
Mon Aug 11, 2014 - 4:33 pm EST
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Pope Francis will visit a cemetery of unborn babies killed by abortion during his trip to South Korea next week, the Vatican has anounced

The pope is scheduled to visit the Kkottoghnae Home for the Sick, a charitable center that helps as many as 5,000 infirm, former alcoholics, and others.

The “Cemetery for Aborted Children” is located behind the center.

South Korea suffers from one of the lowest birth rates, and highest abortion rates, in the world. 

Pope Francis, like his predecessors, has been outspoken on the tragedy of abortion, saying in April that the “unborn child in the womb is the innocent par excellence.”

He also underscored the pain of post-abortive women. “Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn,” he said at that time.

The pope will include both the charity and the graveyard in his tour of Korea, which lasts from Wednesday until next Monday. The trip's theme is: “Rise Korea, clothe yourself in light; the Lord’s glory shines upon you.”

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