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Lay Catholic involvement can restore Italy, Pope says

Catholic World News - May 09, 2011

In a message to the 14th National Assembly of Italian Catholic Action, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged lay involved in helping to resolve “the most pressing problems of the everyday life of the family: the defense of life, the suffering of separations and abandonment, solidarity in misfortune, and assistance of the poor and homeless.”

While supporting social and political activity by lay Catholics, the Pope stressed that such activity should be founded on prayer and guided by Church teachings. The organizations involved in this activity, he added, should be “schools of holiness.”

"Italy has gone through difficult historical moments and has emerged revitalized, also because of the unconditional dedication of Catholic laypersons involved in politics and institutions,” the Pope wrote in his message. He said that Catholic Action should make the same contribution to today’s Italy, helping the nation to regain its sense of direction and to build upon its Catholic heritage.

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