Behind the indifference toward human life lies a contagious illness that blinds people to the lives, challenges and struggles of others, Pope Francis said.
Like the mythical figure Narcissus, people risk becoming infected by a “contagious spiritual virus” that turns them into “mirrored men and women who only see themselves and nothing else,” the pope said on 25th June to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
“Evil looks to persuade us that death is the end of all things, that we have come to the world by chance and that we are destined to end in nothingness. By excluding the other from our horizon, life withdraws in itself and becomes just a good to be consumed,” he said.
The Pontifical Academy for Life began its 25th-27th June general assembly, reflecting on the theme ‘Equal beginnings, but then? A global responsibility’.
The pope told members that the “ethical and spiritual quality of life in all its phases” must inspire the Church’s “behaviour toward human ecology.”
Picture: Pope Francis addresses members of the Pontifical Academy for Life during an audience at the Vatican on 25th June. The pope said a narcissistic mentality prevents the defence of life at all stages. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).