Vatican City, 2 February 2014 (VIS) – Following the Angelus prayer, the Pope greeted, amongst others, the participants in the Day for Life, celebrated today in Italy with the theme “Generating the Future”. He extended his greetings and his encouragement to “the associations, movements and cultural centres who participate in the defence and promotion of life. I join with the Italian bishops today in repeating that 'every child is the face of the Lord Who loves life, a gift for the family and for society”. Everyone, in his own role and environment, is called to love and serve life, to welcome it, to respect and promote it, especially when it is fragile and in need of attention and care, from the womb until its natural end on this earth”.
The Bishop of Rome also mentioned the inhabitants of Rome and the region of Tuscany, who are suffering the consequences of the intense rainfall of recent days which has caused flooding and inundations. “Our solidarity and our prayers are with these brothers of ours. Dear brothers and sisters, I am very close to you”.