Upon accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, U.S. President Barack Obama should remember not only the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the war being waged against the unborn, according to an article in L'Osservatore Romano.
The semi-official Vatican newspaper published an article in Sunday's Italian edition that responded to Obama's peace prize win.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the news Friday, saying it recognized the president's "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons."
L'Osservatore's article, signed by Lucetta Scaraffia, urged the president to recognize "that the longest war, with the greatest number of 'fallen,' is the practice of abortion, legalized and facilitated by international structures."
The article urged the president to recall the words of 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who called abortion the "greatest destroyer of peace today, [...] because it is a direct war, a direct killing -- direct murder by the mother herself."
The newspaper noted that Obama's Nobel win had "caught everyone a bit by surprise, first of all the President of the United States himself." It was the first time since Woodrow Wilson was awarded the prize in 1919 that a U.S. president received the award while in office.
The article stated that giving the award to Obama while he is in office makes it "a form of pressure to incline Obama toward peaceful choices in carrying out his mandate."
"Judged on the basis of the decisions taken to date, it would be difficult to describe the President as a wholehearted pacifist," the article stated.