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Pope Urges Need for 'Renewed Humanism'
www.breitbart.com ^ | Jan 06 11:51 AM US/Eastern | FRANCES D'EMILIO

Posted on 01/08/2007 11:19:08 AM PST by Esther Ruth

Pope Urges Need for 'Renewed Humanism'

Jan 06 11:51 AM US/Eastern

By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Religious leaders of all faiths must play a role in ensuring that the spiritual and cultural aspects of life are not forgotten as mankind tackles the challenges of globalization, Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday. In his homily during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope said recent decades have seen a "challenge to global civilization, where the center can no longer be Europe and not even that which we call the West or the North of the world."

"The need emerged to elaborate a new world political and economic order, but at the same time and above all, a spiritual and cultural one _ that is, renewed humanism," he said.

"At the start of the Third Millennium we find ourselves smack in the middle of this phase of human history, that has been for some time dubbed 'globalization.'"

The pope said that while politicians, scientists and researchers play important roles in the modern world, "today, more than ever, it is necessary to place at their side the leaders of the great non- Christian religious traditions" as well as Christian leaders.

Benedict appeared to be building on a theme often stressed by his predecessor, John Paul II, who worried that modernization was coming at the cost of spirituality.

He made the remarks during the Epiphany Mass, which recalls the journey of the Magi, the three wise men guided by a star to pay homage to the baby Jesus.

A festive air reigned in St. Peter's Square. Italians celebrate the Epiphany as a day to bring gifts to children, and thousands of families streamed to the square to receive the pope's blessing at noon, when he appeared at his studio window.

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1 posted on 01/08/2007 11:19:09 AM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: Esther Ruth

It is to bad the church is spending so much on lawyer to protect its priest that molested all those boys that they cannot help by provide this humanist solution.


2 posted on 01/08/2007 11:25:05 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Esther Ruth

What kind of humanism? Make mine secular, please. From Robert G. Ingersoll:

When I became convinced that the universe is natural, that all the ghosts and gods are myths, there entered into my brain, into my soul, into every drop of my blood the sense, the feeling, the joy of freedom. The walls of my prison crumbled and fell. The dungeon was flooded with light and all the bolts and bars and manacles became dust. I was no longer a servant, a serf, or a slave. There was for me no master in all the wide world, not even in infinite space. I was free--free to think, to express my thoughts--free to live my own ideal, free to live for myself and those I loved, free to use all my faculties, all my senses, free to spread imagination's wings, free to investigate, to guess and dream and hope, free to judge and determine for myself . . . I was free! I stood erect and fearlessly, joyously faced all worlds.


3 posted on 01/08/2007 5:58:13 PM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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