Pope Francis on Monday called the practice of abortion "horrific," and that it is part of a new culture that wastes human life as easily as it wastes food.
"It is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day," Francis said on Monday.
These are the strongest words on the issue since the start of his papacy, according to USA Today.
Until now, Francis has appeared to have stayed away from strong statements on the church's stands on moral behavior of individuals, preferring to focus on more positive messages about the teachings of Jesus Christ and the need to see to the poor.
His comments during the start of his papacy that the church need not "obsess" about abortion and gay marriage bothered conservative Catholics who see the issues as ones that the church ought to object to strongly. On Monday, Francis put his own stamp on the church's long-held opposition to abortion. […]
The pontiff used blunt language on other topics as well, calling for the elderly and migrants to be treated with respect, and for children to be shielded from slavery, hunger and other types of exploitation.