Pope Francis today criticized the approval of the decree on medically assisted death, considering that the Portuguese parliament enacted “a law to kill”.
“Today I am very sad, because in the country where Our Lady appeared, a law was enacted to kill. One more step in the long list of countries that have approved euthanasia”, said the Pope, in the Vatican, quoted by Ecclesia Agency.
The Vatican head of state was speaking at a meeting with hundreds of representatives of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations, where he also spoke about the celebrations of May 13, "the day on which the apparitions of the Virgin Mother to the shepherd children of Fatima are celebrated".
“Thinking of the Virgin, let us look to Mary as a model of woman par excellence, who fully lives a gift and a task: the gift of motherhood and the task of taking care of her children, in the Church,” Francis said, quoted by Ecclesia.
The Pope, who will be in Portugal on the occasion of World Youth Day, which takes place in Lisbon, between August 01st and 06th, and is scheduled to visit the Sanctuary of Fátima, also stressed that Mary “teaches to generate life and always protect her”.