The absurdity of war

To the 70. On the 50th anniversary of the start of the war, Pope Benedict XVI. Called for forgiveness and reconciliation. Europe and the world need a spirit of community, the head of the church said at his general audience in Polish on Wednesday. Benedict XVI also intervened in the dispute between Ialia's church and government. switched on.

In the memory of the peoples remained the human tragedies and the absurdity of war, stressed Benedict XVI. looking back on the Second World War, which ended with the German invasion of Poland on 1 January 1918. had begun in September 1939. The Pope called on the faithful to pray for peace. A new community of nations must be built on the Gospel and on the foundation of love and truth.

Pope backs bishops in dispute between church and Berlusco Pope Benedict XVI. has sided with the country's bishops in the dispute over church criticism of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's private behavior. The head of the church expressed "respect and gratitude" to the president of the episcopate, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, for the commitment of the bishops, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi emphasized, according to the Roman daily newspaper "La Repubblica" on Wednesday.The head of the Church was responding to attacks by the Berlusconi family's daily newspaper "Il Giornale" on the editor-in-chief of the Catholic newspaper "Avvenire," Dino Boffo. Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone had stressed his solidarity with Boffo in the controversy over reports of a lawsuit against him for harassment and his alleged homosexuality.According to the Vatican spokesman, he wanted to clarify that the attempt of "Il Giornale" to play off the Vatican and the Italian Bishops' Conference against each other by attacking Boffo "does not hold water". Meanwhile, the president of the bishops' conference that publishes the Catholic daily "Avvenire" rejected Boffo's request to resign.Earlier, the editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, had stressed his solidarity with Boffo, but at the same time criticized the way "Avvenire" handled news about Berlusconi. Unlike the daily newspaper of the bishops, the "Osservatore Romano" had deliberately refrained from reports and comments on the subject. Since the spring, the diocese has made international headlines because of the Italian head of government's contacts with prostitutes and minors.

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