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The Holy Father at a recent meeting called for courage to go counter-culture in working for the defence of human life.

Archbishop Fernando Chomali of Concepcion, Chile, told EWTN News that Pope Francis met with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life in late September and reiterated his clear stance against abortion, as well as his call to bring the message of life to society in new ways.

“He told us to always remember that today we must go against the tide, because unfortunately the culture that exists does not respect life in all its stages, doesn’t recognize the value of life, but rather efficiency,” the archbishop said.

“He told us that in being aware of this, we have great courage to continue forward.”

Pope Francis “is proposing a different kind of pastoral action characterized by the proclamation, and I think this is very positive also in these times,” he added.

Through the proclamation of the Christian message, he continued, Christians must foster admiration for human life, for marriage, and for consecrated life.

“Because we believers see in each human being a providential act of God, inasmuch as we promote a wonder for life, we will generate a joyful outlook about what life means and its value,” Archbishop Chomali stated.

This new approach flows from the path of humility that characterized Pope Francis, he said.

The Pontifical Academy for Life was instituted by Blessed John Paul II in 1994 to address issues related to respect for human life from a biological, medical, philosophical and technological point of view.

Source: EWTN News.