Organ donation fosters culture of life, pope says
When done ethically and free of charge, organ donation is a selfless gesture that contributes to fostering a culture of life, Pope Francis said.
Christians who donate their organs offer “a gift to the suffering Lord who said that everything we have done for a brother or sister in need we have done for him,” the pope said during a meeting with members of the Italian Association of Organ Donors.
However, he added, organ donation must remain “as an unpaid, free act.”
“In fact, any form of commercialisation of the body or any part of it is contrary to human dignity. In giving blood or an organ of the body, it is necessary to respect the ethical and religious perspective,” the pope said.
While donating one’s organs in life or after death responds to a social need that “still remains great,” he said, it also gives donors the opportunity to go “beyond one’s individual needs and open oneself generously to a greater good.”
Picture: Pope Francis accepts a gift during an audience with members of the Italian Association of Organ Donors at the Vatican on 13th April 2019. The pope said that when done ethically and free of charge, organ donation is a selfless gesture. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).Tags: culture, donation, life, organ, organ donation, Pope, Pope Francis