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Healing people more important than the economy, says Pope Francis

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Vatican Museums, archive, library prepare to reopen

The Vatican Museums, Vatican Apostolic Archives and Vatican Library will reopen tomorrow (1st June), almost three months after being closed as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The closure of the museums dealt a major financial blow to the...

Burundi’s bishops say election was marred by irregularities

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In new biography, Pope Benedict says world threatened by humanism

In a newly published biography, Retired Pope Benedict XVI said the Catholic Church is threatened by a ‘worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanist ideologies’. He cited same-sex marriage, abortion and the ‘creation of humans in the laboratory’ as examples.

The retired pope, 93, said: ‘Modern society is in the process of formulating an anti-Christian creed, and resisting this creed is punished by social excommunication.’ Commenting on the state of the church in the 21st century, he said, ‘Events have shown by now that the crisis of faith has above all led to a crisis of Christian existence.’

The German Catholic news agency, KNA, reported the remarks were published in the final chapter of a biography of the retired pope by bestselling author Peter Seewald. The book was published in German on 4th May; the author said Pope Benedict made the comments in autumn 2018, more than five years after he resigned.

In the interview, which had not been published before, the former pope said he had written a spiritual testament. This will presumably not be revealed until after his death, KNA reported. The pope did not comment on its contents.

Picture: Retired Pope Benedict XVI, pictured in a 2013 file photo. In a newly published biography, Pope Benedict said the Catholic Church is threatened by a ‘worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanist ideologies’. He cited same-sex marriage, abortion and the ‘creation of humans in the laboratory’ as examples. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

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Healing people more important than the economy, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that healing people was "more important" than the economy, as countries around the world continue to ease lockdown restrictions. The Pope made his first address from his window overlooking St Peter's Square in three months. Many thronged to...

Vatican Museums, archive, library prepare to reopen

The Vatican Museums, Vatican Apostolic Archives and Vatican Library will reopen tomorrow (1st June), almost three months after being closed as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The closure of the museums dealt a major financial blow to the...

Burundi’s bishops say election was marred by irregularities

Bishops in Burundi criticised the nation's presidential election substandard, saying it was marred by widespread irregularities and general lack of freedom to choose. "We deplore many irregularities with regard to the freedom and transparency in the electoral process...