While global cultural acceptance of the natural practice has gained ground in recent decades, women in many nations are routinely harassed when breastfeeding in public.
Pope Francis has expressed support for inter-Korean talks set for Tuesday, stressing that the dialogue is very important for peace in the region and the world. Francis is also bishop of the Italian capital. Pope Francis had said such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.
The pope addressed envoys from more than 180 countries a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Commenting on maintaining peace, particularly in the relationships between states, he quoted Pope John XXIII's 1963 encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), which says that "love, not fear, must dominate the relationships between individuals and between nations".
In a list of world conflicts of concern, the pope also pointed to the need to support "the various peace initiatives aimed at helping Syria".
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Therefore, it is urgent, he continued, that government policies support the family, on which "the future and the development of states depend", and without which future challenges can not be met. "We must not forget that freedom of movement, like the freedom to leave one's country and return to it, is among the fundamental rights of man".
"This is a sign of societies that struggle to face the challenges of the present, and thus become ever more fearful of the future, with the result that they close in on themselves".
But we need the Holy Spirit to transmit the Faith, we can not do it alone.
Another urgent task before humanity, the pope said, is caring for the earth. "Hence there is a need to take up, in a united effort, the responsibility of leaving to coming generations a more handsome and liveable world, and to work, in the light of the commitments agreed upon in Paris in 2015".