President of Italian bishops says climate of 'political hatred' must be overcome [CNA]

Rome, Italy, Dec 18, 2009 / 11:05 pm (CNA).- During a Mass attended by numerous government officials, the president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, encouraged lawmakers to overcome the current climate of “political hatred” that plagues the country.

In the wake of the attack on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Cardinal Bagnasco recalled that “the message of Christmas…demands respect amidst the climate we are currently experiencing as a country. The climate of personal hatred poisons politics, fosters aggression and leads to grave and unacceptable episodes of violence.”

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