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Europe build on Christian faith, Pope reminds Austrian envoy

February 03, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI sounded two familiar themes-- the need to allow religious expression in public debate, and the necessary for supporting the family—as he met on February 3 with a new ambassador from Austria to the Holy See.

The Pope told the ambassador, Alfons Kloss, that his visit to Austria’s Mariazell shrine in 2007 had reminded him how deeply the Catholic faith is rooted in Austrian life and culture. He said that Austria, like other European countries, should be mindful of the dominant role that the faith has played in building a “common European home.”


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