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Guatemala's spiritual strengths should counter social ills, Pope tells envoy

February 08, 2010

Meeting on February 6 with a new ambassador from Guatemala to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the country's "abundant spiritual heritage," and particularly the Marian devotion that has characterized the people of Guatemala. These strengths, the Pope said, should help the nation to "counteract other factors which cause the social fabric of Guatemala to decay, such as drug trafficking, violence, emigration, insecurity, illiteracy, sects and the loss of moral reference among the young generations."


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