What does the Pope say?

"I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed ... do not lose hope ... The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitively lost and you will be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord."

John Paul II  Evangelium Vitae, 1995, #99

In this document the Holy Father also mentions "friendly and expert help and advice of other people" - this is what Rachel's Vineyard Retreat offers. This ministry is offered in major centres in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and in 60 countries around the world.

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