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Pope encourages prayers for deceased and for G-20 meeting

Catholic World News - November 02, 2011

At his public audience on November 2, Pope Benedict XVI said that remembrance of the souls in Purgatory is a healthy reminder that the promise of redemption eases our fear of death.

Speaking on prayers for the deceased, the Pope said:

As we remember our dear departed ones, united with them in the communion of the saints, may our faith inspire us to follow Christ more closely and to work in this world to build a future of hope.

As he concluded his remarks, the Pontiff said that he is praying for a successful outcome from the deliberations of the G-20 leaders at Cannes. He voiced the hope that “the meeting might help to overcome the difficulties that, on a global level, are blocking the promotion of an integral and authentically human development.”

Later in the day the Holy Father carried out a papal tradition, visiting the grottos of St. Peter’s basilica to pray at the tombs of his predecessors.

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  • Posted by: normnuke - Nov. 02, 2011 7:11 PM ET USA

    Ay, surely there is something Dante-esque about the sufferings of European politicians lately. Let us all pray that they are temporary, rather than eternal even as we enjoy seeing them, just a wee bit.

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