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Pope denounces abuse of public office for personal benefit

May 28, 2010

In remarks to a new ambassador from Benin to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI decried the use of political power for private ends.

"The search for personal advantage to the detriment of the common good is an evil which little by little undermines public institutions and prevents the full development of human beings," the Pope told the new envoy, Theodore Loko. He offered his prayerful support for "those who work to build a society founded on justice and peace, which recognizes the rights of all its members."

In their prepared remarks, both the Pope and the new ambassador offered words of praise for the late Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, a native of Benin who served as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and dean of the College of Cardinals. The Pope referred to the deceased African cardinal as "an authentic builder of bridges between cultures and continents."


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