SEOUL, South Korea -- Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church's doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he'd rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching.
But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a monument for aborted babies in a community dedicated to caring for people with the sort of severe genetic disabilities that are often used to justify abortions.
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Francis bowed his head in prayer before the monument -- a garden strewed with simple white wooden crosses -- and spoke with an anti-abortion activist with no arms and no legs.
He also spent an hour blessing and caressing dozens of disabled Koreans who live in the Kkottongnae community.