Pope Benedict XVI: Preserve Nascent Life

Preserve Nascent Life

"The embryo in the maternal womb" is not "a pile of organic material," but a "new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new and unique individual of the human species," "so it was for Jesus in Mary's womb, so was for each of us in our mother's womb."

With these words, Pope Benedict XVI once again stressed the duty to preserve "nascent life," which is, he said, "most fragile, most threatened by adults, by selfishness and the willful darkening of consciences."

The Holy Father was speaking during the solemn celebration on Saturday evening of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent in St. Peter's Basilica, as part of an unprecedented worldwide vigil for unborn life. ...