POPE FRANCIS: TO PONT. ACAD. FOR LIFE, "PALLIATIVE CARE ACCENTUATES THE VALUE OF THE PERSON"

"Palliative care can reach all those who need it", the Pope said, thanks to professionals and students who specialise "in this type of assistance, which has no less value on account of the fact that it does not save lives". "Palliative care is equally important" because it "accentuates the value of the person". Pope Francis ended his speech by reiterating the appeal of Saint John Paul II – "Respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life! Only in this direction will you find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness!" – and by encouraging "all those who, in various ways, work in this sector to carry out their task in a spirit of service". He also added that "all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it serves the good of mankind, which can never be achieved by opposing life and dignity. It is this capacity for service to the life and dignity of the sick, even when they are old, that is the measure of the true progress of medicine and of all society".” “

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