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Pope Francis compares abortion to Nazi crimes 'but with white gloves'

The Pope is due to visit Ireland in August, just months after Ireland voted in favour of liberalising its abortion laws.

Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican.
Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican.
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POPE FRANCIS DENOUNCED abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families “to accept the children that God gives them”.

Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association.

The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his remarks, but the ANSA news agency and the SIR agency of the Italian bishops’ conference quoted him as denouncing the pre-natal tests that can result in parents choosing to terminate a pregnancy if the foetus is malformed or suffering other problems.

“Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” the agencies quoted Francis as saying.

The pope urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us”.

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland for a two-day visit in August as part of the World Meeting of Families, a festival which discusses what it means to be a Catholic family. His visit will come just months after the Eighth Amendment referendum, in which 66% of the population voted in favour of liberalising Ireland’s laws, allowing for abortion on request.

Francis has repeated the strict anti-abortion stance of his predecessors and integrated it into his broader condemnation of what he calls today’s “throw-away culture”. He has frequently lamented how the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual efficiency.

Francis has dedicated much of his pontificate to preaching about families, marriage and the problems that families today encounter. These issues he is expected to highlight during his August trip where he’ll close out the festival with a Mass at the Phoenix Park.

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