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Pope sees special role for Catholicism in US

Catholic World News - January 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on January 9 with students, alumni, and staff of the Pontifical North American College, where generations of American priests have trained. The NAC is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Pope Benedict told those celebrating that occasion that it was an opportunity “to reaffirm your filial affection for the Church of Rome, to recall the apostolic labours of the countless alumni who have gone before you, and to recommit yourselves to the high ideals of holiness, fidelity and pastoral zeal which you embraced on the day of your ordination.”

Reminding the group of his visit to the US in April 2008, the Holy Father said that he had a “conviction that the Church in America is called to cultivate an intellectual 'culture' which is genuinely Catholic, confident in the profound harmony of faith and reason, and prepared to bring the richness of faith's vision to bear on the pressing issues which affect the future of American society.”

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