“Do Everything Possible to Encourage Pregnant Women to Complete Their Pregnancy”

VATICAN CITY, Jan 31, 2001 ( – Yesterday Pope John Paul II met with the bishops of Hungary and one key message he imparted to them was the urgent need to defend life. “Notwithstanding your tireless dedication,” the Pope said, “even in your country we note worrisome data which marks in many countries of the old continent the spread of an ever more preoccupying culture of death.” He noted that the abortion statistics in the country were “alarming” and said “they must incite you to defend without fear and with clarity human life in every phase of its existence, from conception to natural death.”

He urged the bishops to “Do everything possible to encourage pregnant women to complete their pregnancy.” Pastors, he added, “must be ready to speak on every occasion, opportune or not.”

For the full report of the meeting see the Vatican Information Service at:


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