>> Pope Francis has issued a new message to his flock. It's called an apostolic exhortation, and in it he says you can't just fight abortion, you also need to stand up against social injustice. I'm Phil Pullella, Reuters correspondent here in the Vatican.>>
> The key point of today's message is that anybody can be a saint.
It sounds simple, but it's actually not that simple. What he's saying is that if you, as a good Christian, just be good and follow rules of the church as best you can, be a good neighbour, help the poor, you can also become a saint in your ordinary life.
There's an interesting part of the message that seems to be aimed at conservative Catholics who follow the laws of the church to the letter, but sometimes forget about the spirit of the law. And he says specifically that yes, you need to fight abortion and you need to stand up for the unborn, you need to defend the life of the unborn.
But with the same kind of passion, you need to defend the lives of people who are already alive. And he mentioned specifically immigrants, the poor, the downtrodden, victims of of human slavery, victims of human trafficking. He's basically saying you can't have one without the other. This I am expecting that will make quite a wave in countries such as the United States and I think we'll be hearing commentators write reams of copy about this for weeks to come.