Pope Benedict XVI urged a world confronting a financial crisis, conflict, and increasing poverty not to lose hope at Christmas, but to join in “authentic solidarity” to prevent global ruin.
His message of salvation amid growing concern about the economic meltdown facing rich and poor nations alike was echoed across the continent in London, where Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II called for courage in response to the rough times.
By Frances D’Emilio, The Associated Press
, December 26, 2008
Christians and Muslims must overcome their misunderstandings, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim clergy and scholars Thursday as he pressed for greater freedom of worship for non-Muslims in the Islamic world.
The Roman Catholic bishop of Lansing chastised Gov. Jennifer Granholm for speaking in favor of a ballot proposal expanding embryonic stem cell research in Michigan.
The governor said Oct. 26 “as a Catholic, I can say to be pro-cure is to be pro-life.”
The Vatican denied assertions Saturday that a caption displayed at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum alleging Pius XII didn’t do enough to save Jews during World War II would keep Pope Benedict XVI from visiting Israel.
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