Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pope praises traditional family before hundreds of thousands

International Herald Tribune

The Associated Press
Published: July 9, 2006

VALENCIA, Spain Pope Benedict XVI praised marriage between a man and a woman as part of "a loving plan of God," as he defended the traditional family Sunday at a Mass attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

The service in a Valencia park was the highlight of a two-day trip challenging a Socialist government that has angered the Vatican by introducing such liberal reforms as gay marriage and fast track divorce.

The German-born pope, wearing green vestments and a gold miter, stressed that the family is "founded on indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman."

Benedict said every family has its origin in God and that "at the origin of every human being there is not something haphazard or chance, but a loving plan of God."


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