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Pope's top priority for African bishops: promote the Christian family

April 29, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI concentrated on the importance of promoting healthy family life during a talk to bishops from Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who were completing their ad limina visits.

"In an environment marked by divorce and polygamy, promote the unity and well-being of the Christian family built on the sacrament of marriage," the Pope urged the African bishops. "Initiatives and associations dedicated to the sanctification of this basic community deserve your full support."

The Pope also called for efforts to promote human rights, ensure the dignity of women, combat anti-natalist programs, and support dialogue with Islam.


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