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Pope warns of 'new colonialism'

 

Pope Benedict has warned that a form of colonialism continues to blight Africa.

 

Opening a three-week synod of African bishops, he said political colonialism was over.

 

But he said the developed world continued to export materialism - which he called "toxic spiritual rubbish" - to the continent.

 

Almost 200 bishops from 53 African states have gathered to discuss how the Catholic Church can help resolve the continent's social injustices and wars.

 

The Pope says he will attend as many of the working sessions of the synod as possible, his other duties permitting.

 

African treasures

 

Unaccustomed rhythms of Africa filled the huge St Peter's Basilica in Rome, as Pope Benedict formally opened the special synod, reports the BBC's David Willey in Rome.

 

A choir from the Democratic Republic of Congo sang hymns in the Kikongo and Lingala languages, and prayers were also said in Swahili, Portuguese, Amharic, Hausa and Arabic.

 

Pope Benedict praised Africa's rich cultural and spiritual treasures, caling them a "spiritual lung" for the world.

 

But he said the continent was afflicted by an export of the "so-called 'first world'... [the] toxic spiritual rubbish" of materialism.

 

"In this context, the political colonialism is never finished," the Pope said.

 

He said Africa also suffered increasing religious fundamentalism, in the form of religious groups which "act on behalf of God" but "teach intolerance and violence".

 

'Talking shop'

 

The Pope said evangelisation was "urgent" in Africa - though the Catholic Church is already growing faster there than in any other part of the world, nearly trebling in size to 150 million followers over 30 years.

 

This will be the second synod of bishops organised at the Vatican to be devoted specifically to the problems of Africa.

 

The first took place in 1994 at the very moment when the Rwandan genocide was beginning, but turned out to be little more than a talking shop, our correspondent says.

 

Among the experts invited by the Pope to address the synod - which has only advisory powers - will be the former head of the joint UN/African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

 

A small number of women religious have also been invited to attend.

 

 

Jesus, what a fucking hypocrite.

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I'm positively trembling with apathy.

 

Sure that's not the onset of Parkinson's? ;)

 

I know what you mean though, the word hypocrisy doesn't seem to be within the vocabulary of most religious leaders, but the bit that got me was:

 

He said Africa also suffered increasing religious fundamentalism, in the form of religious groups which "act on behalf of God" but "teach intolerance and violence".

 

That would be hilarious, if it wasn't so tragic.

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Can't believe they let him in Africa after what he said about condoms not preventing Aids.

 

Yep, the bloke's probably responsible for many more deaths than all the people he refers to as extremists (:lol:) put together, the fucking arsehole. Can't believe they've invited him here, what a waste of time and money.

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That hapless fukker not only claimed condoms promotes aids but as such, they kill people.  Thus he has condemned thousands of gullible, easily influenced people to death.  I hope that cunt falls from the plane and shatters on the Tarmac.

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That hapless fukker not only claimed condoms promotes aids but as such, they kill people.  Thus he has condemned thousands of gullible, easily influenced people to death.  I hope that cunt falls from the plane and shatters on the Tarmac.

 

Or seen another way, he's done the World a big favour by helping the cause of population control by less obvious means...  :shifty:

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That hapless fukker not only claimed condoms promotes aids but as such, they kill people.  Thus he has condemned thousands of gullible, easily influenced people to death.  I hope that cunt falls from the plane and shatters on the Tarmac.

 

Or seen another way, he's done the World a big favour by helping the cause of population control by less obvious means...  :shifty:

 

:celb:

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Was watching a news report on people going to see the bones of st therese and how the pope had said she was the greatest saint because she was so simple and humble, just doing little good things so normal catholics could relate to her. So they celebrate her humble, simple life by putting her bones in an ornate treasure chest and flying it around the world on jets. Oh, apart from the bones of hers they put on a rocket and sent into fucking space to orbit the world (yes, really.)

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Bear in mind that for whatever reason they displayed the bones in York Minster, which is C of E.  There is no end to religious credulity.  This is taking Christian harmony too far.  Next thing you know they'll be agreeing with each other. 

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Pope urges religions to root out fundamentalism

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI has called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to "root out" religious fundamentalism, on the first day of his trip to Lebanon.

 

His three-day visit marks the first papal trip to the country in 15 years.

 

During his stay, the pontiff will meet politicians and leaders from Lebanon's 18 religious groups, many of whom are divided over the conflict in Syria.

 

The visit coincides with protests erupting across the Middle East and Asia over a film mocking Islam.

 

"Religious fundamentalism seeks to take power for political ends, at times using violence, over the individual conscience and over religion," the Pope said.

 

"All religious leaders in the Middle East [should] endeavour, by their example and their teaching, to do everything possible to uproot this threat, which indiscriminately and fatally affects believers."

 

The pontiff's exhortations were made public as he signed recommendations on how to improve the lives of the Christian minority, making up 40% of Lebanon's population, and its relations with Islam and Judaism.

 

 

He also called for an end to the conflict in neighbouring Syria. Lebanon - including its Christian community - is deeply divided over the unrest there.

 

On his flight to Lebanon, the Pope told reporters that Syrian arms imports were a "grave sin".

 

Pope Benedict described the Arab Spring as "a desire for more democracy, for more freedom, for more co-operation and for a renewed Arab identity".

 

He was welcomed at Beirut airport by Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman with a 21-gun salute, and with church bells ringing out around the country.

 

The Pope told President Suleiman he was visiting the country as a "pilgrim of peace".

 

He added: "The successful way the Lebanese all live together surely demonstrates to the whole Middle East and to the rest of the world that, within a nation, there can exist co-operation between the various churches and at the same time coexistence and respectful dialogue between Christians and their brethren of other religions."

Tripoli violence

 

The BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut says the pontiff finds a very different Lebanon to the one his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, saw in 1997.

 

The assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 led to the end of Syria's long occupation of the country, an event which was swiftly followed by the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

 

Hezbollah - a Shia group - is now the power behind the government but Syria remains the defining issue in Lebanese politics, our correspondent says.

 

Political parties are divided into pro- and anti-Syrian camps and the violence across the border is increasingly pitting Shia and Sunni Muslims against each other in Lebanon.

 

In addition to the conflict in Syria, controversy over a film deemed to be offensive to the Prophet Mohammed has raised tensions ahead of the Pope's visit.

 

As he arrived, hundreds of protesters set alight a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the northern city of Tripoli.

 

The film, The Innocence of Muslims, believed to have been made by a Coptic Egyptian Christian in the US, has sparked protests across the Middle East and led to the death of the US ambassador to Libya.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19594442

 

So, does that mean he's going to resign?

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That hapless fukker not only claimed condoms promotes aids but as such, they kill people. Thus he has condemned thousands of gullible, easily influenced people to death. I hope that cunt falls from the plane and shatters on the Tarmac.

 

Or seen another way, he's done the World a big favour by helping the cause of population control by less obvious means...  :shifty:

 

Not sure if serious...

 

If serious...the world doesn't have a population problem.

 

If not serious...  :yao:

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