On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, Pope Francis recalls that health is a gift from God and invites all men and women to take care of it.
By Linda Bordoni
World No Tobacco Day, celebrated annually on May 31, is part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the damage tobacco use does to our health and the many ways in which it threatens the environment in which we live. we live.
Pope Francis added his voice to the campaign saying that “the culture of life is a heritage that we Christians must share with all”.
His words came in a brief message to Argentinian Bishop Ariel Edgardo Torrado Mosconi who was one of the promoters of an international seminar held last May 25 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross entitled “The Church Catholicism Facing the Problem of Tobacco Reduction”.
The Seminar was organized in collaboration with an Italian health care association and under the patronage of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.
“Each human life, unique and irreplaceable, has an inestimable value. This must always be re-proclaimed, with the courage of words and deeds,” the Pope said in his concluding message, expressing the hope that reflection on this question “will help many people to realize that physical health is a gift from God given to us by the Lord and we must take care of it responsibly.”
Smoking ban in the Vatican
Pope Francis ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from early 2018 due to health concerns, as explained by former director of the Holy See’s press office, Greg Burke: “The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot cooperate with a practice that clearly harms people’s health.