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NEW YORK City, March 20, 2015—A Filipino prelate representing the Vatican at the United Nations (UN), expressed joy that the pro-life movement is becoming “more and more youthful,” expressing gratitude to young people who have stepped out of their comfort zones, taking up the fight for life with “courage and vitality.”
In a speech delivered during a recent conference rally in New York City, Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent UN Observer, noted an “ever greater awareness among the young for the precious gift of life.”
“A great number of youth regularly cross the road and travel the world to help lift up the poor and needy, to share knowledge and express solidarity. They stand up against what Pope Francis calls a ‘throwaway culture,’” he said.
Auza praised the “many young faces in prayer services, prayer rallies, and other forms of public witness” whom he see volunteering to care for pregnant mothers in need and for the sick and elderly.
According to him, these are signs of a springtime of respect for the human person that fills society with hope, stating the courage the youth display in giving selfless service and witness inspires all.
Need for courage
“And there’s a great need for this courage because forming a culture that gives every human being the respect, welcome, and love each person deserves will never be quick or easy,” he stressed.
The Boholano prelate explained this effort requires perseverance, as well as the grit to continue to “stand up for those who have no standing.”
Auza also cited the contributions of Lila Rose, a pro-life activist and Live Action founder , whose “bravery and youthfulness” helped her expose the illicit practices of the abortion industry.
“I would like to thank Lila Rose for all her work in the defense of the unborn and for the enthusiasm with which she transmits and shares to so many young people the unconditional love for life in all in phases. Thank you, Lila!” the archbishop exclaimed.
“I am grateful for the witness of your courage and vitality. How important this bravery and youthfulness are in the protection and fostering of the most precious gift of all, and the most fundamental human right of all, namely, life!” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)