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Pope Francis’ Pro-Life Gesture: He Blesses Bell in the Vatican for the Unborn 

Valentina di Giorgio

On Wednesday Morning, March 22, before holding the General Audience in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis blessed a bell called “The Voice of the Unborn.” It was a gift he received from Zambia’s “Yes to Life” Foundation in Africa. In fact, present at the blessing was Archbishop Alick Banda of Lusaka, the country’s capital. The bell will now be taken to the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka and, subsequently, it will be displayed in other parts of the country.

At the end of the General Audience, the Pontiff made reference to the blessed bell, specifically in his message to the Poles present in the Square. 

“This Saturday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. In your homeland, it’s also the Day of the Sacredness of Life. As a sign of the necessity to protect human life from conception until natural death, the “Yes to Life” Foundation dedicates to Zambia “The Voice of the Unborn” bell, which I blessed this morning. May its sound carry the message that every life is sacred, every life is inviolable. I bless you from my heart.”

Bells of the same type and sense exist in Poland, Ecuador and Ukraine.