"Over the last 20 years, the number of attacks on life have increased, in new, surreptitious forms". Only "by joining forces will we curb the progress of the culture of death". This was written by monsignor Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Professionals, whose message was read at the opening of the Day of Study on the Encyclical Letter "Evangelium vitae", on the 20th anniversary of its publication. Organised by the Pontifical Council, the initiative is the first in a series of events planned to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the ministry, with the Motu Proprio Dolentium Hominum published on 11th February 1985 by Pope John Paul II. "Human life – goes on, in his message, mgr. Zimowski, who could not be there, as he is in Poland for health reasons – is manipulated in the name of alleged rights": abortion, the right to have a child at all costs, euthanasia. "We want to insist on the relevance of John Paul II’s lesson on the dignity and inviolability of human life, reiterated by Pope Francis on 5th March this year". In mentioning the Charter of Healthcare Professionals published just after the "Evangelium vitae", mgr. Zimowski concludes: "Following the example of John Paul II, the founder of our ministry, we must be the brave defenders of human life. Only by joining forces will we curb the progress of the culture of death".” “

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