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Build Christian culture, protect family, Pope urges bishops from Oceania

June 11, 2012

Meeting on June 9 with bishops from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, Pope Benedict XVI underlined the duty of Church leaders to “speak publicly as an objective moral voice on behalf of those in need.”

In his remarks to the bishops, who were completing their ad limina visits to Rome, the Pontiff said that in speaking on public issues the Church is “not proposing concrete political solutions, but rather helping to 'purify and shed light upon the application of reason to the discovery of objective moral principles.”

The Holy Father laid special stress on the importance of evangelizing the culture of the societies in Oceania. In that respect he said that it is of critical importance to build up a strong culture of marriage and family. He said: “The Church tirelessly proclaims that the family is based on the natural institution of marriage between a man and a woman and, in the case of baptized Christians, it is a covenant which has been raised by Christ to the supernatural level of a sacrament.”


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