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Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chruch still needs strong pope

Benedict XVI celebrated public mass as pope for what was probably the last time on Wednesday. His early resignation could set a precedent that puts his successors under pressure to no longer hold the office for life, the national-religious news portal Gość Niedzielny fears: "We live in turbulent times. Christians are already the most persecuted group worldwide. And nothing points to this threat abating in the near future. Then there's the media terrorism of those who have no access to the Church. Their influence on public opinion is constantly growing. And they are intolerant. They brand anyone who upholds moral values as conservative or retrograde. The media will no doubt use this precedent to convince us during the next papacy that we need a new 'better' pope again. Therefore the Church urgently needs a strong papacy."

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