Pope Urges Rethinking Church-State Relationship, Reminds France That Their Roots Are Christian [via EWTN]

PARIS, SEPT. 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A new reflection of the relationship between Church and State needs to take into account not only the need to protect religious freedom, but also the contribution faith can make to society, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope said this today when meeting with French politicians at the Elysée Palace. He is currently visiting Paris, and will travel to Lourdes on Saturday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous.
France, the Holy Father said, “boasts a history of 1,000 years, a present marked by a wealth of activity and a future of promise.”

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