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On Wednesday at the end of the general audience, Pope Francis spoke to Polish pilgrims of their beloved countryman, John Paul II, recalling his unceasing calls to respect life.
This past October 22, we celebrated the liturgical memorial of St. John Paul II, in this year of the centenary of his birth. He always called for a privileged love for those who are last and for the defenseless, and for taking care of every human being, from conception until natural death. Through the intercession of Mary Most Holy and of the Holy Polish Pontiff, I ask God to arouse in the hearts of all people respect for the life of our brothers and sisters, especially the most fragile and defenseless, and to give strength to those who welcome [that life] and take it into their care, even when that requires heroic love. God bless you!
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