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At Wednesday audience, Pope recalls his message to the Czech Republic

September 30, 2009

At his regular weekly audience on September 30, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about his trip the Czech Republic the previous weekend. Returning to the theme that he had emphasized during that trip, the Pontiff said that "true revolutions, peaceful and liberating," are inspired by the love of Christ. He made the point that these "true revolutions" become necessary whenever people lose sight of the truth about human nature.

"We must not be afraid of truth, because it is a friend of man and his freedom," the Pope said. "Indeed, only by sincerely seeking truth, goodness and beauty can we truly offer a future to the young people of today and to future generations."

In the Czech Republic and elsewhere in the former Soviet empire, the Pope continued, the truth suppressed for so many years by an atheism regime is now threated again by "the harmful effects of a certain form of Western secularization and consumerism." He reported that he had encouraged the Czech people to reject that materialistic and relativistic approach to life, and draw upon their rich Christian cultural heritage. By doing so, he added, the Czech Republic can be an important force in "rediscovering the Christian roots of Europe."


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