Selected quotes of Pope Benedict XVI offered daily for prayer and reflection….

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Human Life

Mary and Joseph’s anxiety about Jesus is the same as that of every parent who educates a child, introduces him or her to life and to understanding reality. Today, therefore, it is only right to say a special prayer to the Lord for all the families of the world

Angelus Address
St Peters Square

30 December 2012

Human Life

In the light of Christ, humanity sees itself profoundly united - and, as it were, enfolded within the cloak of divine blessing, a blessing that permeates, sustains, redeems and sanctifies all things.

Palm Sunday
St. Peter's Square
1 April 2012

Human Life

God’s creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God himself and thus inviolable.

Welcoming Celebration
Sydney Harbor, Australia
17 July 2008

Human Life

Any society which denies the Creator inevitably begins to lose its sense of the beauty, truth and goodness of human life.

Reception of Letters of Credence
of Lithuania's Ambassador to the Holy See
7 November 2008

Human Life

It is my heartfelt hope that vital scientific and technological progress will always be accompanied by a concern to promote, alongside the good of sick people, such fundamental values as respect for and defense of life at every stage, upon which the authentically human quality of coexistence depend.

Address to the Sick
'San Matteo' Hospital
Pavia, Italy
22 April 2007

Human Life

Human life is a relationship ... and the basic relationship is with the Creator, otherwise all relationships are fragile. To choose God, that is the essential thing.

Hall of Blessings
Meeting with Roman Clergy
23 March 2006

Human Life

Every human life deserves and needs to be defended and promoted.
Too often, especially in wealthy societies, life is exalted as long as it is pleasurable, but there is a tendency not to respect it any longer when it becomes ill or disabled.

Parish of Saint Anne
5 February 2006

Human Life

Respect for human dignity, in fact, requires unconditional respect for each individual human being, born or unborn, healthy or sick, whatever their condition may be.

Address to
National Congress of the
Italian Surgical Society
20 October 2008


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