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La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pope criticises Berlusconi

"Pope Benedict XVI has not criticised abortion in general but has accused Italy's lawmakers of having scorned human life for thirty years," the Italian daily La Repubblica writes. The Pope condemned the legalisation of abortion during an audience with Carlo Casini, member of the European Parliament and president of Italy's "Pro-Life Movement". "During the course of the audience, Benedict XVI stressed the sanctity of the existence of all human life. ... The Pope also promised Church support for families and in doing so expressed indirect criticism of the new Berlusconi government, which has abolished the Ministry for the Family. ... The leader of the Radical Party Panella described the Pope's words as slander against the state. The new minister for equality, Mara Carfagna, who is committed to promoting the culture of life and measures for raising the birth rate, was more cautious in her comments."

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