Vatican City, 01 January, 2020 / 12:15 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis began the new year with a call for the dignity of women to be honored -- not exploited for profit and pornography -- in 2020.
“How many times is the woman's body sacrificed on the profane altars of advertising, profit, pornography, exploited as a surface to be used,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Basilica Jan. 1.
“If we want a better world, which is a house of peace and not a war zone, we have to care for the dignity of every woman,” the pope said.
Pope Francis said that our level of humanity can be judged by how we treat a woman’s body, “the most noble flesh in the world” and “the culmination of creation.”
“Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually offended, beaten, raped, coaxed into prostitution and to kill the life that occurs in their womb. Any violence inflicted on women is a profanation of God, born of a woman,” the pope said.