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Pope questions economy

The world economy needs "new rules" to overcome the current financial crisis and to ensure that "all can lead a dignified life," Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican diplomats in January.

He called the effects of the financial crisis "grave and disturbing," and said many people, especially the young, feel "disoriented and frustrated in their aspirations for a serene future."

Benedict also highlighted violations of religious freedom and persecutions against Christians, including recent attacks against churches in Nigeria.

He noted some "encouraging signs" on religious freedom, including a European court ruling that allows crucifixes to remain in Italian schoolrooms.


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