Saturday, June 24, 2006

Pope to prelates of Baltic States: Gospel will help heal wounds left by communism

Pope: Gospel “does not hinder man’s freedom”

Vatican City, Jun. 23, 2006 (CNA) - This morning, the Holy Father received prelates from the episcopal conferences of the Baltic States - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - who have just completed their "ad limina" visit. Pope Benedict encouraged the bishops and reminded them that the Gospel will aid them in healing the wounds of communism and confronting secularism.

"While the wounds communism inflicted on your people are not yet completely healed,” Pope Benedict said, “secularism is exercising a growing influence, exalting the illusion of consumerism and rendering human beings the measure of themselves. All this makes your pastoral work even more difficult. But, without losing faith, continue tirelessly in announcing the Gospel of Christ, the word of salvation for mankind of all times and cultures."


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