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La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Pope to publish an encyclical on love

Marco Politi, an editorial writer and Vatican specialist, read the encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI that is due to be published on January 25. "Ten months after his election, the Pope is set to publish the document that will mark the true start of his papacy. Certain loose tongues are suggesting that, unlike the encyclicals of his predecessors, which were more like policy statements, it seems clear that Ratzinger is seeking - by way of a theological reflection - to pitch a message to the faithful across the world. (...) The Pope is concerned about contemporary man's need for love, a love based on faith, rather than on Eros which Benedict XVI considers to be passion-based love, Godless love, and which amounts to little more than sex and turns man into a commodity."  

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