Don’t Discard Humanity
In January of 2014, Pope Francis also spoke about the denial of the right to live according to that same inalienable dignity when he addressed members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. He spoke of how peace is threatened by “every denial of human dignity,” including the lack of food and proper nutrition for adults and, particularly, children. He shared how hunger persists despite what he calls the “the throwaway culture” that wastes food in parts of the world. But he also spoke passionately against the blatant disregard for human dignity found in practices such as human trafficking.
“Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary,’” said Pope Francis. “For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.”