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Cardinal urges Italian senators to open hearts to Christ

Catholic World News - December 21, 2010

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of the Italian episcopal conference, urged the nation’s senators during a December 15 homily to open their hearts to Christ, to listen to others, and to preserve the nation’s heritage.

The nation’s underlying heritage “constitutes the soul of our people, the soul that is born of the Gospel and that is nourished in the Christian communities that are like innumerable points of light, stretching from one end of our splendid country to the other,” the cardinal preached. “This soul is not generated by the state, but rather it precedes the state. However, the state has the task of preserving and promoting it, because it flows in the people's veins, it is at the root of our history, it inspires virtuous practices … it is a spiritual heritage that cannot be squandered, but only guarded, increasingly aware that if it were to be lacking, the state would be impoverished to the point of being reduced to a commercial bureaucracy, perhaps efficient, but without life.”

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