Sunday, April 16, 2006

Urbi et Orbi: Italy and the World in the Pope's speech

In his Urbi et Orbi Easter benediction, the Pope expressed his concern for the unstable political situation in Italy.

Wise words, I am bound to say. It is a pity that the centre right, which claims a closer relation to the Vatican at least in term of values, does not seem to listen to that message.

Italy, and Europe, are at the very centre of the thought of Ratzinger. It is not surprising, therefore, that the first preoccupation in today's speech is directed to the political context that characterize these years.

From this point of view, we can see a major difference with his predecessor. Wojtila was concerned in the liberation of Eastern Europe from communism. Ratzinger is more concerned with the construction of a strong Europe based on Christian Values.

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