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Pope calls on Spain, Europe to reinvigorate Christian roots

Pope calls on Spain, Europe to reinvigorate Christian roots

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: Pope Benedict XVI called on Spain and the rest of Europe on Saturday to reinvigorate their Christian roots and warned against a preoccupation with material needs.
Moments after landing in Spain’s holiest city Santiago de Compostela, he recalled that Pope John Paul II had exhorted Europe from the same city to “give new impulse to its Christian roots”.
“I too wish to encourage Spain and Europe to build their present and to project their future on the

Pope condemns ‘ferocious’ anti-Christian violence in Iraq

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI condemned the “absurd violence” against Christians in Iraq on Monday after two priests and 35 worshippers were killed in a hostage drama at a cathedral in Baghdad.
“I pray for the victims of this absurd violence, all the more ferocious in that it struck defenceless people united in the house of God, which is a place of love and reconciliation,” Benedict told pilgrims in St Peter’s Square during an address to mark All Saints’ Day.
The pontiff

Pope seeks religious liberty in Muslim Mideast

VATICAN CITY
Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East Sunday to guarantee freedom of worship to non-Muslims and said peace in the region was the best remedy for a worrying exodus of Christians.
He made his a appeal at a solemn mass in St Peter’s Basilica ending a two week Vatican summit of bishops from the Middle East, whose final document criticised Israel and urged the Jewish state to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.
In his sermon at

Pope regrets ‘deep pain’ of priestly child abuse

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI expressed “deep pain” and regret for the “destruction” caused by priests’ child abuse Monday, while insisting on the rule of clergy celibacy.
In a letter addressed to trainee priests, the pope said that it had emerged “recently” that “priests have deformed their ministry by the sexual abuse of children and young people.”
“Instead of leading people towards a mature humanity and setting an example they have caused, through their abuses,

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