Saturday, January 14, 2006

Pope rebukes Italian officials on civil-union proposal, RU-486

Vatican, Jan. 12 ( - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) spoke out once more in defense of human life and the family on January 12, expressing his opposition to a proposal for recognition of civil unions in Italy and to the use of the abortion pill RU-486.

Pope Benedict made his points indirectly, but unmistakably, in an audience with political leaders from Rome and the surrounding Lazio region. The Pope traditionally meets with local political authorities at the beginning of each year. In today's private audience, the Pope spoke with Benedict received Piero Marrazzo, president of the regional administration of Lazio; Mayor Walter Veltroni of Rome; and Enrico Gasbarra, president of the provincial administration of Rome. All three are affiliated with the political Left in Italy.

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