Abortion is result of throwaway culture, says Pope
Pope Francis criticised abortion as evidence of a "throwaway culture" that wastes people as well as food, saying such a mentality is a threat to world peace.
The Pontiff also urged better respect for migrants and denounced the persecution of Christians in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in his global survey of world crises delivered to diplomats accredited to the Holy See.
Saying hunger is a threat to world peace, he noted that not only food but human beings themselves were often discarded as unnecessary.
"We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed 'the throwaway culture'," Pope Francis added.
That culture, he said, also affected the unborn child.
"For example, it is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day," he said.
The Pope has generally limited his exhortations about abortion, saying church teaching is well known and that he prefers to speak less about the church's moralising rules and more about its positive and welcoming message.
In remarks that were less diplomatic and more a reflection of his own personal priorities, Pope Francis called for the elderly to be treated with the respect that their wisdom warrants, and for children to be protected from exploitation, slavery and hunger.
He lamented those who died trying to find better lives for themselves and their families, citing migrants from his own Latin America trying to reach the US and Africans seeking to enter Europe.
From Syria to Mali, North Korea to South Sudan, Pope Francis called for the international community to do more to end conflicts and care for the most vulnerable.