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Justice is the basis of peace and respect for human rights, says Pope
In today’s general audience Benedict XVI refers to his visit to the United States. He reiterates the Church’s commitment to an international order based on the principle of responsibility and solidarity. He mentions the United States’ “healthy secularism”, saying that “religious freedom must always be defended, avoiding all forms of discrimination and prejudice”.
Pope to “share” Christian hope in his visit to the United Nations and United States
In a video-message to US Catholics Benedict XVI talks about his upcoming trip. Humanity hopes in a future with peace, justice and freedom, but “this hope can never be fulfilled without obedience to the law of God.”
17/04/2008 VATICAN – UNITED STATES
The world needs people bearing witness and Catholic culture, says Pope
In his first public Mass in the United States Benedict XVI speaks about the “pain” caused to the Church by pedophile priests. With President Bush yesterday he jointly expressed concern for the Middle East, especially Iraq and Lebanon, and hope for an end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution. The Vatican also refers to the need to respect human rights in the fight against terrorism.
18/04/2008 VATICAN – UNITED NATIONS
Human rights are the measure of the common good for states and nations, says Pope
In his speech to the United Nations Pope Benedict XVI stressed the ethical, hence universal, foundation of human rights. Freedom of religion is one such right and no government can force people to “deny God in order to enjoy” their rights.
16/04/2008 VATICAN – UNITED STATES
For Pope a “moral order based on the dominion of God” is the basis of freedom and human rights
During his visit to the White House Benedict XVI talks to President Bush about the central themes of his US visit. Referring to his upcoming visit to the United Nations, he said the “the need for global solidarity is as urgent as ever, if all people are to live in a way worthy of their dignity—as brothers and sisters dwelling in the same house”.
Pope: the humanism of Saint Benedict, antidote to the culture of the ego
Illustrating the figure of the founder of Western monasticism, the pope says that in order to regain its unity following two world wars and the collapse of ideologies, Europe needs the religious and moral teaching that emerges from its Christian roots.
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