Pope’s quotes: Symbol of life

A quote from Pope Francis:

“The female body: between culture and biology reminds us of the beauty and harmony of the body God gave to women, but also the painful wounds inflicted upon them, often with brutal violence, for the mere fact of being women. A symbol of life, the female body is unfortunately not infrequently attacked and disfigured by those who ought instead to be its protectors and companions in life. The many forms of enslavement, commodification and mutilation of women’s bodies require us to work to defeat this form of degradation that reduces them to mere objects to be sold on various markets.”

— Audience with participants of “Women’s cultures: between equality and difference,” Plenary Assembly of Pontifical Council for Culture, Feb. 7, 2015

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