Pope Benedict XVI met yesterday at the Vatican with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera, for a 30-minute discussion that covered the general state of affairs in Latin America and specifically on Chilean policies.
In an article that appeared in L’Osservatore Romano at the time of the meeting, the Chilean leader called attention to his country’s pro-life stand, saying “that our democracy protects human rights, especially the right to life from conception to natural death.”
Chile has the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America and was honored for it last month with the International Protect Life Award. Catholics feels this award shows that abortion does not reduce a mother’s death since abortion is illegal in Chile.
The Pope released a statement that regarding the visit:
“During the cordial discussions attention focused on questions of mutual interest, such as the protection of human life and the family, aid for integral development, the fight against poverty, respect for human rights, social justice and peace. In this context, the positive role played by Catholic institutions in Chilean society was reiterated, especially in human promotion and education.”