Tits Pori: has called on Catholic doctors not to be "accomplices of an alleged right to abortion or euthanasia".
"Being intrinsically immoral, the legislation that favours such crimes cannot be a moral imperative for the doctor, who, with good reason, must take recourse to conscientious objection," he said in an address on the Jubilee Day for Doctors.
The Holy Father also urged doctors to provide more help to Third World countries.
Noting that in the year 2000, a large percentage of the world population cannot count on the most "essential pharmaceutical and health services", he called physicians to be "sensitive to these silent cries."
"It is your task to work so that the primary right to all that is necessary for health care and, therefore, for adequate medical assistance, be effective for every man, regardless of his social or economic position."