Pope Francis remembered the millions of innocent unborn babies who are killed in abortions Wednesday in his Holy Week message about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
During his daily message at the Vatican, the pope said Jesus’s crucifixion reminds him of the “sacrificed lambs” who are “crucified in our time,” including victims of war, dictatorships and abortion, the Catholic News Agency reports.
“By adoring the Cross, we will relive the journey of the innocent Lamb, sacrificed for our salvation,” Pope Francis said. “We will carry in our minds and hearts the sufferings of the sick, the poor, the rejected of this world; we will remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”
He told Christians “not to forget today’s crucified ones” because “in them is Jesus.”
“Before the image of the crucified God, we will bring, in prayer, the many, the too many who are crucified in our time, who can only receive from Him the comfort and meaning of their suffering,” Pope Francis said.
Though the world is full of evil and darkness, the pope said Jesus brings hope.
“Let’s make a list of all the wars that are being fought right now, of all children who are dying of hunger, children who have no education, of entire peoples destroyed by wars, by terrorism,” he continued. Because “Jesus took upon himself the wounds of humanity and death itself, God’s love has irrigated these deserts of ours, he has enlightened our darkness.”
Pope Francis said Christ’s resurrection on Easter demonstrates that good always triumphs over evil and life over death. He encouraged Christians to cling to that hope in the midst of troubles.
“Dear brothers and sisters, this year too we will experience the Easter celebrations in the context of the pandemic,” he said. “In many situations of suffering, especially when people, families, and populations already tried by poverty, calamity or conflict suffer them, the Cross of Christ is like a beacon that indicates the port to ships still offshore in the stormy sea.
“Christ’s Cross is a sign of the hope that does not disappoint; and it tells us that not even one tear, not one sigh is lost in God’s plan,” the pope concluded.
Pope Francis frequently mentions unborn babies and condemns abortions in his messages.
Earlier this year, he expressed pain at the growing push for legalized abortions across the world. Speaking to the ambassadors to the Holy See in Rome, the pope urged leaders to protect every human life, including unborn babies “from conception in the womb.”
In 2018, he caused outrage among abortion activists after comparing abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill unborn babies. He frequently describes aborted babies as victims of a “throwaway culture” and encourages society to recognize their value.