Human dignity

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery on the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks during a press conference about a new Vatican document on human dignity on April 8, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

New Vatican Document Highlights Church’s "ever-greater understanding of human dignity"

Apr 9, 2024

Dignity “belongs to the person… simply because he or she exists and is willed, created, and loved by God,” the document explains.

Credit: World Council of Churches (WCC)

At Start of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Priest Urges Defense of Human Dignity

Jan 18, 2022

A Catholic Priest at the helm of the International Ecumenical Movement-Kenya Chapter (IEM-K) has, in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), called on all followers of Christ to unite in the defense of human dignity and the freedom of worship. 

Fr. Ludovic Lado holding a poster of those detained as a result of the Anglophone crisis. Credit: Fr. Ludovic Lado

“Football is not more important than human dignity”: Cameroonian Catholic Priest in Chad

Jan 10, 2022

A Cameroonian Catholic Priest ministering in Chad has called for a stadium boycott of the African Cup of Nation (Afcon), faulting his native country that is hosting the continental football tournament for not paying keen attention to human dignity. 

Cristobal Cardinal Lòpez Romero of Morocco's Rabat Archdiocese, awarded the Empédocles International Prize for Human Sciences from the Academy of Mediterranean Studies. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Cardinal in Morocco Awarded International Prize for Promoting “human dignity”

Dec 3, 2021

The Cardinal in Morocco has been recognized for his efforts in fostering human dignity and defense of the vulnerable.

Pope Francis meets with members of Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican on Sept. 4, 2021. Vatican News/CNA

Promote a Culture That Prioritizes Human Dignity: Pope Francis

Sep 4, 2021

“It is important to promote a ‘culture of faces,’ which places the dignity of the person at the center," Pope Francis said.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Douala/Facebook

Catholic Archbishop Decries “Moral Depravity” in Cameroon, Urges Respect for Human Dignity

Aug 14, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese has, in a pastoral letter, expressed concerns about what seems to be indications of declining moral values in the Central African nation.

Bishop Eugène Cyrille Houndékon reading the message of members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Benin Call for Respect of Human Dignity amid Surge in Ritual Crimes

May 22, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Benin are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to uphold human dignity amid an increase in reported cases of ritual crimes that have resulted in mob justice.

The Late Archbishop emeritus of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese, Christian Cardinal Tumi who was laid to rest on 20 April 2021. Courtesy Photo

At Burial, Cameroon’s Cardinal Eulogized as Promoter of Communion, Human Dignity, Justice

Apr 21, 2021

The late Cameroon’s Christian Cardinal Tumi has been, at his burial Tuesday, April 20, remembered for fostering reconciliation, communion, human dignity, and justice in the Central African nation.

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Human Dignity Has Serious Political Implications: Pope Francis

Aug 13, 2020

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of every person.

Pope Francis greets a woman before the general audience Dec. 19, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Civilized Society Recognizes the Value of Human Life

Jan 30, 2020

Warning of the modern tendency to judge human life on the basis of utility rather than dignity, Pope Francis Thursday urged the need to protect the lives of the smallest and most vulnerable.

Pope Francis kisses a child at the general audience on Oct. 10, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Every Human Has An Irrepressible Dignity

Jan 24, 2020

Pope Francis emphasized the importance of each person’s dignity Friday in his message for World Communications Day.

World Youth Alliance President Lord Leomer Pomperada making a presentation during ICPD25 side event in Nairobi on November 11, 2019 / ACI Africa

Countering ICPD25: Human-Dignity Based Curriculum, Not Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Nov 12, 2019

In an effort to counter some of the agenda guiding the planned ICPD25, the Nairobi Summit organized to commemorate 25 years since the last International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a global youth movement is advocating for a Human-Dignity based Curriculum (HDC) instead of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), the latter among the themes of ICPD25.

A section of Kenya's Mau Forest, East Africa’s largest indigenous montane forest. Evictions have been undertaken to restore the water catchment area. Catholic want a humane approach to the evictions.

Evictions from Kenya’s Mau Forest be “humane, in dignity”, Bishops Demand

Nov 9, 2019

While the reclamation of one of East Africa’s largest water towers, Mau Forest, has been welcomed by both political and religious leaders in the country, the process of evicting those who have settled in the catchment of the main rivers providing water to western Kenya has been faulted, with a section of Catholic Bishops who have spoken to ACI Africa demanding for a humane approach.